With his strong, cohesive
Bookended by the artist's solo guitar (first on his striking 42-string double necked Pikasso guitar and for the final tune a nylon six-string), the performance showcased Metheny's many strengths, particularly his accessible compositions pairing bright, rhythmic melodies with compelling, insistent grooves.
Metheny's music has always had a driving pulse. His early hit "Are You Going With Me?" (performed here as an encore) has an undeniable, shuffling tension that Metheny's signature distorted guitar lines soar over in sequenced granduer.
Even when Metheny carefully colors space with neutral atmospherics as he often does, a beat will bubble up from drummer
There's a repeating dramatic structure built into songs such as "Come And See" and "Roofdogs" from 2012's "
Metheny makes grander statements that reflect the anthemic nature of his music, especially the recently released "Kin."
Throughout the evening performance, Metheny deftly switched guitars between various acoustic and electronic instruments, teasing out washes of sound and then finding strong melodic lines inside those spaces.
The band played a continous 45-minute suite from "Kin" with multi-instrumentalist
Metheny also nodded to his less-conventional work from the album "80/81," which had earned him critical dimension and standing. He recorded that album with great bassist
Also performed was the song "Police People" from the "Song X" album Metheny made with avant garde composer saxophonist
After a set of duos with each band member, Metheny reached deep into song book for the closer "Have You Heard" and the first encore "Are You Going With Me?"
The hastily arranged show -- announced just two weeks ago -- drew a crowd of about 750 and served as a dry run for the band, which has been rehearsing in
In the second half of the show, when the band played the newer music, a set and backdrop were revealed. Musical machines like the inside of pianos turned on their sides formed a small wall behind the band. Large shelves on each end held old bottles as if rescued from an archaic chemistry lab. The interesting effect was nearly superfluous considering how overwhelming and satisfying the music was.
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