A capacity crowd of Meth heads at the illustrious Warfield Theatre in San Francisco witnessed a jazz master (who still looks like a rock star) take Market Street to the moon on the final day of February. Metheny started mellow in solo mode donning a Manzer Pikasso multi-neck acoustic to conjure wild hammered-dulcimer-like sounds. He picked up momentum when he grabbed a Roland GR-300 Guitar Synth, and got inspired utilizing a compressed, horn-like tone. Next, Metheny handled his standby signature Ibanez, and played some straight-ahead stuff with a natural tone. He hit high points when he interacted with agile, musical drummer Antonio Sanchez, and fab upright bassist Ben Williams.
Phase two of the show consisted of highly cinematic soundscapes from the new Pat Metheny Unity Group recording, Kin. Metheny looked and sounded like a mad scientist among the stage full of imaginatively illuminated Orchestrion instruments triggered by/synched with Metheny’s guitars and the group. The wild ride culminated with multiple encores including a memorable acoustic medley. Via his group and his incredible instruments, Metheny turned the Warfield into a theatre of the mind.
Photos by Jimmy Leslie.
Metheny Explains his Orchestrion Concept