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New Pat Metheny Group CD Due in January

Early next year the Pat Metheny Group will release The Way Up, an ambitious 68-minute multi-sectioned composition to be followed by a world tour.

The Way Up is the PMG’s 12th studio recording, following 2002’s Warner Bros. effort Speaking of Now and is the band’s first for Nonesuch Records. The Way Up features the same personnel from those sessions with the addition of harmonica-player Gregoire Maret. PMG co-founder Lyle Mays and 1981 addition Steve Rodby return as veteran Group members on keyboards and bass, respectively, with Speaking of Now trumpeter-vocalist Cuong Vu and drummer Antonio Sanchez also returning. Richard Bona, while no longer a member of the group, contributes percussion on several tracks. Mallet cymbalist Dave Samuels also guests on the album.

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