Leave it to Pat Metheny to perform with a trio and produce a sound that is so full, that one would think it was several musicians playing for his Side Eye project. Pat explains, “I wanted to create an ongoing platform to host a rotating cast of the newer generations of musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way. From my earliest days in Kansas City onward, I was the beneficiary of so many older musicians hiring me, which gave me a chance to develop through the prism of their experiences and the particular demands of what their music implied.” As he mentioned there have already been four iterations of the group, hence the V 1.IV sub-heading on the record. Whether searingly electric, powerfully intense, or deeply contemplative, highly composed, or totally improvised, there is always that unmistakable Metheny signature sound at work that has stood at the forefront of jazz for nearly the past five decades. This recording of the Side-Eye series is the latest chapter in his continually unfolding story.
Released September 10, 2021.
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