Six strings and no soul: Pat Metheny in action

As a guitarist, I’ve always endured a pretty love-hate relationship with Pat Metheny. Digging around the vaults I found this review, commissioned earlier this year by a national newspaper but never published, it still holds pretty true… Fusion guitar wizard Pat Metheny has left both jazz and pop fans scratching their heads for decades. A phenomenal player capable of making your average guitarist weep, he has been generally content to churn out pleasant, hummable records which are often accused of underselling his talents. His blatant commercialism means Metheny attracts a diverse mix of hardcore jazzers, guitar geeks and middle-aged soft … Continue reading Six strings and no soul: Pat Metheny in action

Scattered thoughts on seeing Sonny Rollins blow live – aged 80 – at The Barbican

The overused superlative “endless flow of ideas” dwarfs into a meaningless cliché after hearing Sonny Rollins’ torrential bombardment of sax. Notes cascaded out of the giant’s towering tenor, swelling to climax after climax, ears overflowing with peaks like water dashing … Continue reading Scattered thoughts on seeing Sonny Rollins blow live – aged 80 – at The Barbican