Pat Metheny - Day Trip (4 stars)

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Pat Metheny - Day Trip

(Nonesuch)

JAZZ

Trio has been a recurring format in the work of guitarist Pat Metheny, and has invariably induced a creative response to the open textures and responsive interplay of his collaborators. Despite digressions into spikier and more controversial projects with Derek Bailey and Ornette Coleman, the guitarist has built his huge following on a highly sophisticated but readily accessible approach to melodic improvisation, and that is precisely what he serves up here with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez.

All ten compositions are by the guitarist, including a revisit to ‘The Red One’ (previously recorded in a duo with John Scofield) and a memorial to the New Orleans disaster, ‘Is This America? (Katrina 2005)’. He breaks no new ground in terms of style or approach, but the music is delivered with all of the anticipated technical expertise and improvisational flair.

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