... Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio claims that hearing Metheny "completely reshuffled my deck." ...
Nathan Rodriguez in the introduction to his Pat Metheny interview for JamBase | Colorado (December 14, 2004)
... "[Pat] Metheny, man. He's the king. I don't really go for his recorded stuff these days, but I saw him live and I was really happy because he reestablished himself in my pantheon. His natural melodicism is so free and just inspiring," says Rosenwinkel, who also counts Frisell among his heroes. ...
Interviewed by R.J. DeLuke for All About Jazz (December 1, 2003)
Kurt Rosenwinkel's Guitarfavorites
as reported by Christian Rover (source)
... It was great on so many levels. There was an amazing depth of conception and Pat and Lyle Mays really could write some heavy compositions. They weren’t just nice little easy tunes that anybody could blow over.
... Actually, Pat and I especially would go out after our concerts a lot of times and sit in and play bebop or whatever at a local club. It was a nice change from our normal set. ...
... Pat used to write something and it just happened to be in seven. It wasn’t like he’s say, “Ok, now I’m going to do something in 7.” It’s just that they were really sophisticated musicians who wrote what they heard and felt. ...
... First Circle was great. I really liked that song. That summed up a lot of the concept of what we were doing. It breathed. It had a really singable melody even though it was a complex time signature.
Interview for iZotope, ©2006 (source)
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