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  • Audio CD (11 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B007RP4D5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Signals (Orchestrion Sketch)11:26Album Only
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For the first time since his 1980 release 80/81, guitarist Pat Metheny has recorded with a band that features tenor saxophone. Unity Band introduces a new Metheny ensemble with Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and the up-and-coming Ben Williams on bass. The album features nine new Metheny compositions.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 26 Jun 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is going to be up there amongst the best jazz CD's of 2012. Pat Metheny has always been an artist who has combined a catchy approach to music coupled with a degree of musical intelligence which, in my opinion, marks hims out as one of the finest jazz musicians of our time. Fans of his music will want to snap this offering up as it is pretty exceptional even for his own high standards.

In many respects this disc is a definition of where the contemporary jazz mainstream is today and features a quartet that includes saxophonist Chris Potter at his most Brecker-esque. On some tracks he picks up a soprano and a bass clarient and whilst I have heard him in more experimental form with the likes of Dave Douglas, he seems totally at home in this ensemble. As in the norm with recent Metheny discs, the drum chair is taken by the ever excellent and reliable Antonio Sanchez who lays down the solid rhythm which underpins some robust playing from Potter and Metheny. The band is rounded out by newcomer Ben Williams on bass who provides the kind of foundation you would expect from the likes of Christian McBride - a major new talent to jazz.

From the point of view of material, the record combines a good balance of offerings with "Roofdogs" being amongst my favourites. The band has quickly acquired it's own identity and with soloists of this calibre there is plenty to be getting the teeth into. In many ways, the sound recalls Michael Brecker's swanwong "Pilgrimage" albeit without a piano. However, the most fascinating track is "Signals" which features Metheny playing the orchestrion but which opens with 3 minutes of edge-of-the-seat free improvisation from the protagonists which is amongst some of the most compelling listening the guitarist has put down on record to my ears.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Jun 2012
Format: Audio CD
Five IMPRESSIVE Stars! Unity, indeed. Multiple Grammy-winning jazz virtuoso guitarist Pat Metheny has assembled a tight, hard-swinging quartet that sounds like its been working for a long time and he gives the group an impressive array of original compositions. "Unity Band" rides the polyrhythms of drummer Antonio Sanchez (especially "Leaving Town"), anchored by the mellow underpinnings of rising star bassist Ben Williams (great "New Year" solo), and tenor sax luminary Chris Potter who adds his soprano sax and bass clarinet to the mix. Metheny, in addition to the wide palette of his electric and acoustical guitar sounds, adds the program-based Orchestrion EPK instrumentation to the proceedings, as on "Signals (Orchestrion Sketch)".The 'best of the best' begins with the altissimo edginess of the "Roofdogs" unison-theme with hot solos by Metheny and Potter, the avant-garde approach of the tone poem "Signals" with its unusual array of sounds and effects from the Orchestrion EPK and the band, the intensely beautiful ballads "Then and Now" and "This Belongs to You", and perhaps best of all the exotic intensity of "Come and See" which has a great "Willow Weep for Me" Potter quote rising from the musical maelstrom of his solo and a sizzling Metheny improvisation. Pat Metheny is a relentless musical explorer and Unity Band is his impressive new group, producing some exceptional jazz, and it gets My Highest Recommendation. Five RIVETING Stars (This review is based on an mp3 download; 9 tracks + digital booklet, Time: 65:48)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun 2012
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This disc marks the first time Pat Metheny has played with a tenor sax player in the studio since 1980's 80/81 (which featured Dewey Redman and the late Michael Brecker), and the first time he's collaborated with any reedman since Song X in 1985, a recording that bears more of the stamp of his mighty collaborator Ornette Coleman than many of his fans are comfortable with. As if to ease his listener gently back into this configuration, and to carefully point out its possibilities, the opening track "New Year" starts with the guitarist prettily soloing on nylon-string guitar before the rest of the band comes in. "Roofdogs", up next, starts as a trio (sounding like it came from the same sonic universe as "The Red One", off his 2008 trio record Day Trip) ahead of the appearance of the fourth member of the quartet. And the third track, "Come And See", opens with a duet between bass clarinet and Metheny on his 42-string Pikasso guitar, followed by a transition to full band that's reminiscent of the segue from "Into The Dream" to "So May It Secretly Begin" on Trio Live in 2000.

The reeds player on this date is the redoubtable Chris Potter, known to many of us from his lengthy, imaginative solo on "West Of Hollywood", which was the closer for Steely Dan's 2000 comeback album
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