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on 19 May 2014
Another C D from P M, which is influenced by both Jazz and Prog Rock. The musicianship is just great.
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on 2 April 2014
It may not be the best Metheny but this is still a high class jazz record. The band is amazing and sincerely I was expecting something more after the the heart breaking - mind blowing release of 2012 (UNITY BAND). We are quite far from that level and honestly the first time I listen to this album I thought "Is that it?", but I have faith in all the musicians I am listening since many years, so despite my initial feeling I kept playing this record a lot. A week later the whole concept of KIN (<->) (what a title btw!) appeared much more different, music started to make more sense and the connections between instruments started to be much more clear. Chris Potter. What to say about this guy? He's probably one of the best saxophone players alive right now and is a big, big part of this album. I've received this album only few weeks ago since I've ordered the vinyl edition and it took ages to get released. I was pleased to find a CD version of the album inside to put it in the car. The recording quality is very good and I am quite pleased with this new work of the Unity Band. Give few more listen to this record, get into it, it's a classy production, I hope the band will come to play live in Netherland sometimes, I am sure watch them live it's the real deal!
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on 28 March 2014
great pros,interesting post modern music(not jazz),but there's too much saxophone sound.As a Pat Meth fan I'd like to listen his fantastic licks,I'd like to listen Pikasso guitar and the fantastic sound of guitar sinth.Something is changed without Lyle Mays,the old group had more power and gave me more emotions.Otherwise,everything Pat Meth is doing is new and full of creativity.
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As others are saying , not the best but far from the worst. For me too intense with not enough light and shade. Too much predominant sax and perhaps the production let's it down too. As others have said its simply too dense and crowded. . Lyle where are you ?
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on 13 February 2015
Moving towards to group sound. the more complex pieces have moments of being tedious and uncomfortable. There is some indulgent & self absorption within the over complex structures. The simpler pieces have more milage.
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on 13 September 2014
Pat always generates uplifting heft in a timely manner -you recognise the style instantly but its rarely samey. The vocal chorusing ,always so well, is on exemplarary form.
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on 10 March 2014
Is it jazz? The first question on many peoples' lips; and a difficult one to answer. There are so many disparate elements to this, even more than previous Metheny albums, that it's difficult to classify. I CAN say however that for my money, this is just great music that's remarkably easy to listen to. Sure, there's a whole heap of Metheny "heard that before"-isms; the usual guitar-synth sounds, certain phrases and rhythmic/stylistic devices that you may recognise from elsewhere in his oeuvre. Overall however, it's good stuff and sounds like a real band, albeit one with the Metheny hand firmly on the tiller. Allt he players perform well, even though I got the occasional impression that they had subordinated their individual inventiveness to the group performance.

One of my favourite albums of the year so far. Fully expect it to remain in that category by 31 December.
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on 22 November 2014
The man is a genius. This sounds even better since I heard it performed live.
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on 12 February 2014
Another excellent record from Pat Metheny. It is noticeable that this is now the Unity "group" rather than as on the previous record "band". Maybe an indication that the PMG of old has run its course?
The CD itself follows on from the 2012 release but in my opinion is the stronger. Great playing all round goes without saying and the whole has a "live" feel. There are some great melodies (or maybe hooks) especially the haunting "We Go On"
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on 12 May 2014
I'm not a lover of cacophonous trad jazz. I prefer the mellifluous Pat Metheny . No doubt those more steeped in Jazz will like it, but it leaves me cold
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