Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny

Patrick Bruce “Pat” Metheny is an American jazz guitarist and composer. #

10 Quotes

  • (in reference to Kenny G’s overdubbing of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”) ‘When Kenny G decided that it was appropriate for him to defile the music of the man (Louis Armstrong) who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great Louis’ tracks (even one of his lesser ones), he did something that I would not have imagined possible’

  • It’s a shame that jazz is now being turned into dried fruit. It’s becoming quantized, diced and defined. It’s becoming an idiom. To me if it’s anything, jazz is a verb ? it’s more like a process than it is a thing.

  • What a Wonderful World”) ‘When Kenny G decided that it was appropriate for him to defile the music of the man (Louis Armstrong) who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great Louis’ tracks (even one of his lesser ones), he did something that I would not have imagined possible’

  • If jazz has to be termed as a wave, then music is a sea, but if the reflectors in the water is the chord.

  • Most guys at Berklee are going to wind up truck drivers…

  • And if I ever DO see [Kenny G] anywhere, at any function – he WILL get a piece of my mind, and maybe a guitar wrapped around his head.

  • I have to admit that more and more lately, the whole idea of jazz as an idiom is one that I’ve completely rejected. I just don’t see it as an idiomatic thing any more…To me, if jazz is anything, it’s a process, and maybe a verb, but it’s not a thing. It’s a form that demands that you bring to it things athat are valuable to you, that are personal to you. That, for me, is a pretty serious distinction that doesn’t have anything to do with blues, or swing, or any of these other things that tend to be listed as essentials in order for music to be jazz with a capital J.

  • My first relationship to any kind of musical situation is as a listener.

  • Music is what you notice when it’s no longer in your presence…

  • If you plan on continuing a tradition, it might be a good idea to find out just what tradition it is that you intend to continue.

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