Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin (←→) Preview


Pat Metheny Unity Group KIN <--> is set to be released on February 4, 2014.

Last year, for the first time since 1980, guitarist Pat Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone. Unity Band, which went on to win Metheny his 20th Grammy Award, featured Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. Now, Metheny has added another musician, multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi, and christened the ensemble Pat Metheny Unity Group. The Group’s first record, Kin (←→), will be released by Nonesuch on February 4, 2014. Watch a preview video about Kin (←→), set to various songs from the album, below.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ronny Jordan, Jazz Guitarist, Dead at 51

Ronny Jordan, a guitarist and leading player in the acid jazz movement of the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 51.

The guitarist's death was confirmed on Facebook today (Jan. 14) after Jordan's siblings set up a page in his honor. "We appreciate that Ronny has got many fans around the world and so we ask that you keep an eye out for further announcements in relation to his funeral arrangements," Jordan's brother and sister, Rickey and Denise, wrote on the page.