Patrick Bruce Metheny (born 12 August 1954) is an American jazz guitarist and leader of the Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny Group
Together with keybordist Lyle Mays, Metheny founded the Pat Metheny Group (PMG) in 1976, after discovering how similar their musical ideas were. The Pat Metheny Group has ever since been one rare example of a jazz formation that has been extremely successful over the years and yet never followed any commercial temptation. They have developed a very dense orchestral way of composing, connecting often with the classical age for counterpoint, metric alternations and musical drama, but also connecting with different kinds of world music, especially South American. Where Metheny is the ultimate melodicist, Mays is the complex harmonist. In 1981 they were joined by bassist Steve Rodby who in the run of time developed as a catalyst in Pat's and Lyle's artistic collaboration and defined much the process of recording. Metheny refers to the PMG as the experimental corner of his music.