- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 15.9 x 8.89 x 0.99 cm; 119.92 g
- メーカー : Nonesuch
- EAN : 0075597961508
- 商品モデル番号 : 25195003
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2012
- レーベル : Nonesuch
- ASIN : B007RP4D5Y
- ディスク枚数 : 1
For the first time since his 1980 release 80/81, guitarist Pat Metheny has recorded with a band that features tenor saxophone. Unity Band introduces a new Metheny ensemble with Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. The album features nine Metheny compositions, new for 2012. Metheny says of the three-decade gap since his last project to feature saxophonists (the late great Dewey Redman and Michael Brecker): "In many ways my bands were envisioned as an alternative to the more conventional kinds that I had come up playing in. The fact that it has taken another 30 years to get to it again is kind of a testament to how busy those alternative' ways of thinking have kept me.''
The reeds player on this date is the redoubtable Chris Potter, known to many of us from his lengthy, imaginative solo on "West Of Hollywood", which was the closer for Steely Dan's 2000 comeback album Two Against Nature , and also his sterling work with Dave Holland (beginning with Prime Directive from the same year). Here, he's a perfect foil for Metheny; the inventiveness and taste that both exhibit throughout is of the highest quality, irrespective of the style the piece is written in. This wide-ranging variety is nowhere better exhibited than on the set's final three tunes. On the first, "Signals", Metheny dusts off his Orchestrion, the mechanical behemoth around which he built 2010's album of the same name . This track harks back to that set; built up in an intriguing fashion from layers of loops over which Metheny and Potter interlock their solos. "Then And Now", a gentle, lyrical ballad follows, before the appearance of "Breakdealer": a fast, attacking piece over which everyone solos (including newcomer Ben Williams on bass and longstanding Metheny sideman Antonio Sanchez on drums) before its dazzling climax.
Those of us who might have been wondering whether it was a good idea to return to this quartet lineup (particularly if it meant delaying another release by the much-loved Pat Metheny Group) will have had any lingering doubts removed by the excellence of the playing, and the links to other places in Metheny's large back catalogue showcased here. In fact, at the close of this terrific set, you're left wanting more - which will doubtlessly be provided by this great band's live appearances later this summer.