Pat Metheny
Side Eye NYC (V1.IV)
Modern Recordings, 2021

december, 4 2021

Modern Recordings has released Pat Metheny’s new live album “Side Eye NYC (V1.IV)”. 

On the eve of a 100-stage world tour, Pat Metheny releases “Side Eye NYC (V1.IV)”, recorded live with a trio completed by James Francies on piano, keyboards and electronics; and Marcus Gilmore on drums.

The recording captures the live performance held at New York’s Sony Hall in 2019, just before the pandemic erupted, and strikes an effective balance between original compositions and reinterpretations. 

Among the unpublished songs is the opening It Starts When We Disappear which immediately offers the listener what will be the stylistic, timbral and rhythmic ingredients of the collection and gives the measure of the prolific harmony between the three musicians. A song of more than 13 minutes which, with its changes of atmosphere, the circular embellishments of the electronic loops and the alternation between written parts and improvisation, seems to want to retrace Metheny’s artistic career, building a continuous exchange between past and future. 

The reinterpretation of Better Days Ahead winks at this reading key, with a new arrangement made by four hands with Francies, while directing the gaze more to tradition with Timeline, a composition signed by Metheny and included in the 1999 album “Time Is of the Essence” by Michael Brecker, and the Colemanian Turnaround, played with a particularly playful air. 

“Side Eye NYC (V1.IV)” is a crackling album signed by a Pat Metheny who once again proves skilled in surrounding himself with formidable musicians.



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