15 Songs, 1 Hour 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This veteran fusion guitarist shows his command of the jazz repertoire on this live release from his Unity Band. Metheny delivers inspired lines behind tenor saxophonist Chris Potter’s rendition of “Cherokee.” Some of the guitarist’s recent compositions, like “Kin (<-->),” are part of the mix; a special treat is “Police People,” a deep cut that he composed (and first performed) in a collaborative project with the late saxophone icon Ornette Coleman. Whether playing with a clean tone or making his axe sound like an orchestra of synths, Metheny’s invention impresses throughout.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This veteran fusion guitarist shows his command of the jazz repertoire on this live release from his Unity Band. Metheny delivers inspired lines behind tenor saxophonist Chris Potter’s rendition of “Cherokee.” Some of the guitarist’s recent compositions, like “Kin (<-->),” are part of the mix; a special treat is “Police People,” a deep cut that he composed (and first performed) in a collaborative project with the late saxophone icon Ornette Coleman. Whether playing with a clean tone or making his axe sound like an orchestra of synths, Metheny’s invention impresses throughout.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

jazz lives ,

wrong direction

I hate to admit, even to myself, that this collection leaves me wondering about the future of the Pat Metheny franchise. I own all of his CD's. I've always been impressed by the musicianship and passion of all his previous projects. Admittedly, "Unity Sessions" is essentially a rework of already released material. Yes, Pat continues to grow and expand his horizons. But to what end? Chris Potter is unquestionably one of the best and most musical reed players around. What I've always admired about his playing is his Passion, particularly evident on his own last release. On "Unity Sessions," his technical facility has grown immensely. But what is lacking, at least for me, is the Passion. To wrap up this uncomfortable review, it saddens me to find myself yearning for the Lyle Mays days. Yes, that's unfair of me. But those projects had it all: Musicianship, Excitement, Compositional Skills, and unbridled Passion. The "Unity" direction leaves me wanting not more, but less...ouch.

Das Boone ,

Two Folk Songs

Two Folk Songs KILLS IT!

JNPMusic ,

Just be aware!

My fault I didn't notice that most if not all of these songs I already had from the last two Unity Sessions releases. I was under the impression this was a new release and it is but it's really just a compilation of the last two US releases. I can't really say it's a greatest hits package but it should be labelled so the consumer doesn't just purchase it thinking it's a realease of new songs and does what I did being a big fan I just purchased it..... My fault......

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