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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 radio in Omaha since 1988. While at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he studied radio broadcasting, history and religion. Working at KVNO-FM, Cooke hosted a weekend adventuresome jazz show on the station in addition to duties as an on-air announcer on overnights, weekends and holidays. He also worked at KBLZ (the then student-run radio station) as well as KYNE-TV, and The Gateway as a reporter.
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 also hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music. He has interviewed Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Airto Moreira, Jessica Williams and Karrin Allyson, to name a few. While not at the station Cooke maintains a web design consultancy business that has served a number of non-profit and music clients for over 20 years.