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Review: Pat Metheny at the Mahaffey Theater

Guitarist makes a joyful noise in St. Pete with Gwilym Simcock, Linda Oh and Antonio Sanchez

Pat Metheny (photo by Jimmy Katz)
Pat Metheny (photo by Jimmy Katz)

For those of a certain age and musical bent, recollecting certain life events is made easier by pointing to release dates of Pat Metheny albums. Has it really been nearly four decades since I was a college freshman, blasting 1979’s American Garage, with its rock-edged textures and guitar bravado (and inimitable Airstream-park cover), from my dorm room?

During that same period, I caught the Pat Metheny Group at an outdoor show on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. And I’ve seen nearly all of his tours since, including memorable performances by his trio with drummer Antonio Sanchez and Christian McBride, and his five-piece Unity Group with Sanchez, saxophonist Chris Potter and others.

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