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Pat Metheny w/ Christian Mcbride & Antonio Sanchez: Day Trip

Pat Metheny is best known for his 30 years and running with the Pat Metheny Group. Among his widely varied projects, however, the trio holds a special place, beginning in 1976 with his debut album, Bright Size Life, featuring Jaco Pastorius and Bob Moses. Since then Metheny has worked in trios with Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins (Rejoicing), Dave Holland and Roy Haynes (Question and Answer) and Larry Grenadier and Bill Stewart (Trio 99>00, Trio Live). Even those who admire the outsized ambition and sunny accessibility of the Pat Metheny Group tend to find the guitarist’s trio dates refreshing, a return to first jazz principles. Such is the case with Day Trip, the premiere studio offering from a lineup that has already drawn concert crowds for several years.

That Metheny has handpicked two high-caliber partners is no surprise. Philadelphia’s Christian McBride is a proven artist with a multi-stylistic appetite, equally virtuosic on acoustic and electric bass. Antonio Sanchez, from Mexico, did solid if unheralded work on the New York scene before becoming a Pat Metheny Group member and the drummer in this, Metheny’s latest trio. Migration, Sanchez’s well-conceived debut album for CAM Jazz, features Metheny on two cuts and underscores the magnetism of the relationship they’ve built.

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