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Last Call Artist Spotlight: Pat Metheny


Guitarist Pat Metheny, whose artistry has been rewarded with multiple Grammys over the years, has won another award for his fine 2012 recording.  Metheny won in the jazz instrumental category with the album Unity Band.

Pat Metheny's Unity Band was a new configuration of sorts for the guitarist and well-known jazz artist. Metheny added saxophonist Chris Potter to the musical palette in addition to Ben Williams on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums. The result was another solid Metheny session with something for almost every taste. "Signals(Orchestrion Sketch)" is an example. It features the guitarist on "Orchestionics"; first played by the guitarist on his previous recording which featured the Orchestrion. Metheny fans have much to enjoy here with melodic electric statements on "Roofdogs" & "Leaving Town" & other tracks.  Potter adds a lot to the recording on tenor and soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, the colors he creates contrast nicely with Metheny's guitar and enliven the overall session into something possibly quite unexpected for long-time fans of Pat Metheny.

Mettheny's latest recoding, The Orchestrion Project,  sees the guitarist in a solo context-- alone but not unaccompanied--by using a device which allows him to play an orchestra of other musical instruments simultaneously.  This recording follows up on the first recording by the guitarist where he first played the Orchestrion. Fans of Pat Metheny will find the familiar melodies employed by the guitarist here, as interpreted by an orchestra of instruments activated and played by the guitarist in a solo performance.

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Chris Cooke has been a voice on public radio in Omaha since 1989. Working at KVNO-FM during college, Cooke hosted a weekend progressive jazz show on the station in addition to working as an on-air announcer. In November 1992, Cooke signed on at KIOS-FM and has been there ever since. He has hosted the Tuesday and Thursday editions of Jazz in the Afternoon since 1996 and has hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music and presenting those conversations with listeners. When not hosting or listening to jazz, on record or in person, Cooke maintains a busy schedule as a self-employed web design consultant.