• Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Feb 4, 2014
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
Buy On
  1. 80
    The textures change constantly without sounding cluttered, the rhythms are compelling but unfailingly light and airy, and the tunes are, well, tuneful.
  2. Magnet
    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]
  3. Q Magazine
    Feb 14, 2014
    80
    In modern jazz terms, a masterclass. [Mar 2014, p.116]
  4. Mojo
    Feb 13, 2014
    80
    It's Metheny, ever the mercurial magician, who's driving the band; his eloquent guitar etching a kaleidoscope f sonic hues. [Mar 2014, p.92]
  5. Feb 13, 2014
    80
    All in all, another envelope-pushing opus from a pathfinding musician whose talent doesn’t recognise boundaries.
  6. 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.
  7. Feb 13, 2014
    80
    There’s a sprightliness and a captivating agility present throughout this album, even in its more reflective and graceful moments.
  8. Apr 9, 2014
    70
    So the Unity Group, this time around, finally sounds mostly unified. And that’s a good thing.
  9. Uncut
    Feb 13, 2014
    70
    Four of these tracks run well past the 10-minute mark and pack in an exhausting series of musical ideas that most artists would be content to spread more thinly over an entire album. [Mar 2014, p.79]
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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. Full Review »