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Speaking of Now


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1. As It Is

2. Proof

3. Another Life

4. The Gathering Sky

5. You

6. On Her Way

7. A Place In The World

8. Afternoon

9. Wherever You Go

Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Pat Metheny (acoustic & electric guitars, synthesizer); Cuong Vu (vocals, trumpet); Richard Bona (vocals, acoustic guitar, fretless bass, percussion); Dave Samuels (marimba, percussion); Lyle Mays (piano, keyboards); Steve Rodby (cello, acoustic bass); Antonio Sanchez (drums).
  • Producers include: Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby, Lyle Mays.
  • Recorded at Right Track Studio, New York, New York in 2001.
  • SPEAKING OF NOW won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
  • "As It Is" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. "Proof" (Pat Metheny) was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.
  • Composers: Lyle Mays ; Pat Metheny.
  • Personnel: Pat Metheny (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar synthesizer); Richard Bona (vocals, acoustic guitar, fretless bass, percussion); Cuong Vu (vocals, trumpet); Steve Rodby (cello, acoustic bass); Lyle Mays (piano, keyboards); David Samuels (marimba, percussion); Antonio Sanchez (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Rob Eaton.
  • Photographer: Latifa.
  • Arrangers: Lyle Mays ; Pat Metheny.
  • Guitarist/composer extraordinaire Pat Metheny has never been one to stand still for long, and on SPEAKING OF NOW, his mercurial muse finds working with a new band and exploring new sounds. Though Metheny's trademark guitar style remains in the same general vein as on previous releases, it's surrounded by a different sonic framework. Young Vietnamese trumpeter Cuong Vu took time out from making a name for himself on his own sui generis jazz releases to lay down some tasteful, Miles-inspired trumpet, while Richard Bona's percussion and vocals add a South American feel (Metheny's flirted with Brazilian influences before, but not in this context. Despite the new developments, Metheny's longtime right-hand man Lyle Mays mans the keyboards to produce the kind of twinkling piano tones and contemplative, gauzy synth textures that are time-tested to mesh pefectly with the leader's distinctive guitar sound.
Professional Reviews
Q (3/02, p.125) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Metheny and Mays sound equally inspired, and never resort to gratuitous virtuosity."

JazzTimes (3/02, pp.65-6) - "...An eloquent state-of-modern-jazz address."
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