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Pat Metheny: The Advancing Guitarist

Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny

One thing is entirely clear after five minutes in Pat Metheny’s presence: His imposing artistic stature is no accident; it’s the result of skill and untiring effort.

Metheny emerged as a teen prodigy in the mid-’70s, but the fame he has found since then can’t be explained by precocious guitar chops alone. His acute business sense, and his awareness of how to make the music industry work for him, has proven equally important.

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David R. Adler

David R. Adler writes about jazz and assorted topics. His work has appeared in JazzTimes, NPR Music, WBGO.org, The Philadelphia InquirerThe Village Voice, DownBeat, Time Out New York, and many other publications. From 2010-2017 he taught jazz history at the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College-CUNY). In summer 2017, after 30 years in New York (apart from two in Philadelphia), David relocated with his family to Athens, Georgia. There he continues to write about music and perform solo as a guitarist/vocalist.