Pat Metheny’s Phase Dance

January 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

There may be some who are bigger fans of  Pat Metheny than I, but probably not many. He is a phenomenal musician. I am in awe of his guitar playing, to be sure, but what totally blows me away is what a great composer and band-leader he is. He is about my age, and has been consistently releasing some of the most innovative and listenable (and occasionally unlistenable, at least for me) jazz since the mid-1970’s.

I play a few covers of his tunes, but when I do, I have never done much besides copy his arrangements. It is interesting that — much like the Beatles — it is difficult to separate the composition from the arrangement.

This particular composition is interesting in ways that are typical of Metheny’s work. For example, the “coda” of the the song (which begins in my arrangement at the 4:30 point) constitutes more than one-third of the total length.

This was an experiment to see if I could treat a classic Metheny number in a way that was somewhat different from the original. I’m not sure it’s drastically different, but I slowed it down a little, and put more of a rock-fusion feel behind it. The guitar sound is also very different from Metheny’s. See what you think:




Entry filed under: bass guitar, Guitar, Jazz, jazz fusion, Music, Oldies, Smooth Jazz.

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