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Jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny talks to Ian Carr about his career.



recalling first his upbringing around Kansas City.

Friendship with Jaco Pastorius led their to playing with pianist Paul Bley, but his big break came when vibraphonist Gary Burton decided to turn his quartet into a quintet by including Metheny.


While he was still with the Gary Burton Quartet, Metheny recorded two ECM albums under his own name, one of which was `Watercolors' with keyboard player Lyle Mays.

Metheny recalls how he came to leave Gary Burton in 1977, and how he formed his own group with Mays.


This programme concentrates on Metheny's long-time working relationship with keyboard player Lyle Mays.

Metheny also discusses his work with singer Joni Mitchell, saxophonist Michael Brecker and percussionist Nana Vasconcelos.


This programme concentrates on how Metheny recruited Brazilian percussionist Pedro Aznar for his group and went on to record `The First Circle' album in 1984.

He also talks about writing the score for John Schlesinger's film, `The Falcon and the Snowman', and about his relationship with Ornette Coleman.

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Tonight, Metheny talks about his collaborations with drummer Roy Haynes, saxophonist Joshua Redman and guitarist John Scofield.

He also brings the story of his own group up to date.