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Studio Sessions

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April 26, 2013 The ever-evolving guitarist plays Ornette Coleman with a joyous, carnivalesque groove on Piano Jazz.

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March 29, 2005 Pat Metheny stops by NPR's Washington studios for an hour of live music and conversation.

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Interviews & Profiles

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November 23, 2008 Record producers Larry Klein, John Leventhal and Steve Rodby discuss how they use studio technology.

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June 18, 2007 The late saxophonist earned respect in the jazz world while working successfully in popular music.

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May 27, 2007 Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny describe their final collaboration with saxophonist Michael Brecker.

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Discover Songs

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November 25, 2008 This year's best jazz albums encourage enthusiasm and optimism about the state of music.

January 12, 2005 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Mikel Jollett, Tom Moon and Meredit...

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April 17, 2010 The great jazz guitarist built his own orchestra of computer-controlled acoustic instruments.

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Reviews

Best known for bright, accessible modern jazz, Pat Metheny takes on an experimental composer's work with the new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20.

May 21, 2013 On Metheny's latest, the jazz guitarist takes an evocative approach to Zorn's knotty compositions.

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June 20, 2007 Pilgrimage is the posthumously issued recording from tenor sax player Michael Brecker.

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November 26, 2006 A collection of recordings offbeat enough to surprise your favorite music lover this holiday season.

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August 23, 2005 Critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissued collaboration between Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman.

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March 7, 2005 Music critic Tom Moon calls Pat Metheny's latest CD an ambitious, epic journey.

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The cover of Bright Size Life

August 1, 2001 Known for his post-1980s work, Methany also produced one of the classics of the dead jazz period.

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Jack DeJohnette will perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival — just a few days before he turns 70.

August 2, 2012 Festival organizers also know that they present a music whose creators get better with age.

American-bred, U.K.-based Stacey Kent eschewed jazz standard to sing in French on Raconte-Moi…

December 7, 2010 From a robotic orchestra to an American gone French, hear five non-standard jazz albums from 2010.

Kris Davis

June 22, 2010 From jazz robots to a dreamy solo piano record, we pick the best jazz 2010 has had to offer.

Composer Steve Reich

December 10, 2009 Steve Reich introduces key pieces in a 50-year career as one of America's most innovative composers.

Charlie Haden

August 4, 2009 It's Haden's birthday this week, so here's a chance to celebrate with five of his best songs.

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December 10, 2008 The year's best jazz CDs reach into the listener's world rather than demanding the opposite.

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September 8, 2008 Hear five beautiful jazz performances, each of which celebrates the spirit of "Peace Day."

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December 13, 2007 WDUQ's Shaunna Morrison Machosky picks her Top 10 jazz CDs of 2007.

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December 7, 2007 Ten of the year's best jazz CDs from instrumental legends and up-and-coming vocalists.

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  • Album: New Orleans Christmas
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Christmas Is 4 Ever

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The Way Up

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Song X: Twentieth Anniversary

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The Way Up

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Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20

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  • Album: Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20
  • Artist: Pat Metheny
  • Label: Tzadik Records
  • Released: 2013
 

Bright Size Life

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Orchestrion

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  • Released: 2010
 

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Day Trip

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Bright Size Life

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