Unity Band - Pat Metheny
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  • Summary: The latest album for Pat Metheny features an ensemble that includes Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, and Chris Potter.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 11, 2012
    80
    The themes are typical Metheny: sensuous Latin grooves, synth-guitar fusion, folksy ballads, a good deal of jazz swing – and the rhythm section is mindboggling, not to mention beautifully recorded.
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    Unity Band is now a scintillating platform for Metheny's fretboard wizardry. [Aug 2012, p/94]
  3. Jun 12, 2012
    80
    Metheny and [sax player, Chris] Potter are free to sprint and they do; both dazzle with their lyric invention and knotty, imaginative, nearly boppish solos. The two front-line players are surely at their best in one another's company.
  4. Jun 12, 2012
    80
    One of Metheny's best releases in recent times.
  5. Jun 25, 2012
    80
    Each of these nine pieces has its own character – playful, mysterious, rhythmically compelling or folkishly tuneful – each one exquisitely performed and uniquely absorbing.
  6. A partial return to top form for the widdly-diddly axe-meister.
  7. Jul 16, 2012
    60
    Unity Band is rich in great playing, but it is not sure what it wants to be. Carrying too much weight for a single album, this Metheny disc is both too much and too little.
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  1. May 23, 2014
    10
    Not a weak track on the CD. This is great rhythm section, hugely energetic. Pat and Chris Potter play wonderfully together and the soloing is sometimes breathtaking. Expand