Nonesuch has released the 2002 European hit, Upojenie, the collaboration between Pat Metheny and Polish singer Anna Maria Jopek, here in the States. The recording features reimagined well-known Metheny instrumentals with lyrics and vocals as well as Polish folk songs and originals. This new U.S. issue offers previously unavailable bonus tracks.
Pat Metheny was recently in his home town of Lee’s Summit, Missouri for a Metheny Music Foundation concert. In an interview with the Kansas City Star, he revealed his next project: a new reunion project with Gary Burton with Steve Swallow and Antonio Sanchez.Then, “I’m cleaning off my desk. For the first time in four or five years, I’ll have nothing but blank white paper there. I’m looking forward to that. I’m not sure what will come out.”
History holds true as the Pat Metheny Group won the Best Contemporary Jazz award at the Grammy Awards on February 23. Metheny beat out excellent releases by John Scofield, Joe Zawinul, Yellowjackets, and Larry Carlton. Metheny didn’t win every award he was nominated for tonight, though. B.B. King took home the Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Auld Lang Syne” against Metheny, Dave and Jeff Koz, Moby, and Kirk Whalum.
The Caribbean Jazz Project won the Best Latin Album. The Dave Holland Big Band won for Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Herbie Hancock picked up a couple of Grammys. He won Jazz Instrumental Solo for “My Ship” from the Directions In Music CD. He also got the award with Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove for that release in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group category. Diana Krall bested the other women (no men nominated in this category?!) for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Dave Grusin won Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for “Mean Old Man” from James Taylor’s October Road. And the magic holds true when Take 6 and Stevie Wonder get together. The guys won R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for “Love’s in Need of Love Today” from the America – A Tribute To Heroes release.