|Tuesday, February 22, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 100
|Three's a crowd
Pat Metheny temporarily breaks from group to record solo set
By Kunal Mishra
Pat Metheny is one of the big names in the modern jazz circle. He has been recording for more than 20 years, performing with his group on soundtracks and in duets and collaborations. His trio, The Pat Metheny Group, has been the recipient of Grammy awards.
Trio 99>00 is a breather for Metheny's from touring with the group. It involves the combined efforts of bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Bill Stewart and, of course, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.
Pat Metheny temporarily goes solo on his latest CD, Trio 99>00.
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Grenadier and Stewart are products of the New York scene. Trio 99>00 was produced by Metheny and recorded at Right Track Recording in New York City with a 24-bit soundscape that provides listeners with a crisper sound.
Metheny feels that there is a certain type of role-playing that occurs with a trio.
"In the group, I am kind of like the singer, the lead voice," Metheny said. "In a trio situation, I am that too, but I can also morph into being the accompanist, or an additional rhythm section member or a colorist, or shift between all those roles on a moment's notice."
He has trio experience hailing back to his roots in Kansas City. The guitar shares its role with the bass and drums in Trio 99>00. They are able to complement each other.
The one drawback is that Metheny's acoustic guitar pieces drag the album down. Still they only occupy three tracks and don't hurt the overall sound too much.
His interest in the acoustic guitar is further pursued in his musical score for the upcoming film, A Map Of The World.
The acoustic tracks seem out of place with the rest of this album and begin to sound like intrusive barriers that prevent Trio 99>00 from flowing. The Trio plays tribute to the great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane with a cover of "Giant Steps."
Throughout the album, Stewart's drum work is noteworthy. Of the 11 tracks on the album, the opener "(Go) Get It," "Giant Steps" and "Lone Jack" display the Trio at their best.
There is nothing wrong with the Trio's performance, but Trio 99>00
failed to grab my attention as an album that can stand its own ground.
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