Kin <--> - Pat Metheny Unity Group
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  • Band members: Pat Metheny
  • Summary: The second release for the Pat Metheny band that includes Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, and Ben Williams is its first with new member Giulio Carmassi.
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  1. Feb 13, 2014
    80
    There’s a sprightliness and a captivating agility present throughout this album, even in its more reflective and graceful moments.
  2. 80
    The textures change constantly without sounding cluttered, the rhythms are compelling but unfailingly light and airy, and the tunes are, well, tuneful.
  3. Feb 13, 2014
    80
    Kin (<-->) proves that the Unity Band is the next evolution of what Metheny -- and Lyle Mays--began with PMG. Musically, this unit's musicality derives as much from feel and freedom as it does sophisticated form and function.
  4. Feb 14, 2014
    80
    In modern jazz terms, a masterclass. [Mar 2014, p.116]
  5. Feb 21, 2014
    80
    He's broadened his palette, finding the muscle to push against his lightness, the long, legato breaths to anchor his 30-second notes, and the heart to say all the things he can't say on his own. [No. 106, p.57]
  6. Apr 9, 2014
    70
    So the Unity Group, this time around, finally sounds mostly unified. And that’s a good thing.
  7. Feb 14, 2014
    60
    You have to skip or negotiate the jostling voices, orchestral effects and inevitably looming crescendos of the opening On Day One or the dense Sign of the Season. The best tracks, though, are worth the effort.

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  1. May 23, 2014
    10
    I love this album. It has moments that remind of the Keith Jarrett bands with Dewey Redman on sax. Pat is wonderful and the compositionsI love this album. It has moments that remind of the Keith Jarrett bands with Dewey Redman on sax. Pat is wonderful and the compositions have the high quality that we now expect of him. The drumming is breathtaking. But, the show is stolen by Chris Potter, who is brilliant. This is music that rewards close listening, and that is what jazz is about. Expand