Pat Metheny & Ron Carter

Pat Metheny was born in Lee's Summit, Missouri, August 12, 1954 within a loving music family
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Pat Metheny & Ron Carter

Pat Metheny was born in Lee's Summit, Missouri, August 12, 1954 within a loving music family. He began playing the trumpet at age 8 and changed to the guitar at age 12. By the time he was 15, he was working with the best musicians of Kansas City Jazz and getting experienced by playing in bands while still very young.

Metheny burst onto the international jazz environment in 1974. During staying with great vibraphonist Gary Burton, the Missouri young man soon got his typical sound that mixes his loose and flexible articulation, generally reserved for wind players, with rhythmic and harmonic sensibility. It is a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but was based on the melody, swing and blues of the jazz tradition. The launch for sale on his first album "Bright Size Life" (1975) marked the reinvention of the traditional sound of the "jazz guitar" for a new generation of musicians. Metheny's versatility is almost unmatched by any musician or any instrument. Throughout the years, he has performed with such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Milton Nascimento or David Bowie. He was part of a composer’s tandem with keyboardist Lyle Mays for over twenty years. An association that has been compared to Lennon / McCartney and Ellington / Strayhorn by critics and listeners. Metheny's work includes compositions for solo guitar, small groups, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras and ballet themes, with styles ranging from modern jazz to rock and classical music. Besides being a great musician, Metheny has also been music professor. At 18, he was the youngest professor at the University of Miami. At 19 he became the youngest professor at the Berklee College of Music, where he received an honorary Ph.D. twenty years later (1996). He also teaches music workshops worldwide, two in Vitoria-Gasteiz, in 2003 and 2009. One thing is to achieve popularity as a musician but another is receiving acclaim critics and colleagues. Over the years, many gained Metheny lists of "Best Jazz Guitarist" and has won many awards, including three gold records for "(Still Life) Talking", "Letter From Home" and "Secret Story". It has also won 20 Grammy Awards in a variety of categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Solo Instrumental, and Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won seven Grammies for seven consecutive albums, an unprecedented case. Metheny has spent his life on tour, playing 120 to 240 concerts a year since 1974.

Ron Carter is one of the most original, prolific and influential jazz bassists.

With credits in more than 2,000 albums, recorded with many great musicians as Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, BB King, The Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery and Bobby Timmons. In the early sixties, he played throughout the United States, in concert halls and clubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968 he was component of classic Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of Decade by the Detroit News. Jazz Bassist of the Year by Down Beat magazine and more valuable by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences instrumentalist. In 1993, Ron Carter won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Group for The Miles Davis Tribute Band and another in 1998 for "Call Sheet Blues," an instrumental for the original sound track 'Round Midnight". Besides composing and arranging music for many films, including several projects for PBS (Public Broadcasting System), Carter has composed music for "Gathering Old Men," "The Passion of Beatrice" directed by Bertrand Tavernier and "Blind Faith ". Carter shares his experience in a series of books as "Building Jazz Lines" and "The Music of Ron Carter ", the latter contains 130 of his published scores and recorded themes. Carter studied at the Eastman School of Rochester and earned master's degree in double bass at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He has also received two honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and he was honored in 2002 with the prestigious Hutchinson Award from the Eastman School University of Rochester. He recently received the most important cultural award of France, the Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters, which is given to those who have distinguished themselves in artistic creation or literary and for their contribution by publicizing the arts in France and throughout the world.