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Thanks to the vision of its namesake leader, the Pat Metheny Group (PMG) has been one of jazz's most durable names for more than two decades, seamlessly incorporating the personalities of its members

Thanks to the vision of its namesake leader, the Pat Metheny Group (PMG) has been one of jazz's most durable names for more than two decades, seamlessly incorporating the personalities of its members into the fabric of the group dynamic, while developing but never sacrificing the continuity of a distinct ensemble sound. So, while this release introduces the talents of three new members—vocalist/percussionist Richard Bona, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and trumpeter/vocalist Cuong Vu—it still recalls the harmonically rich, densely melodic sound that has frequently earmarked the group. If anything, though, this is a slightly more subtle PMG, whose intertwining lines are painted broadly against a wide panoramic canvas. The sweet, often wordless vocals of Cameroon-born Bona and Vietnamese-born Vu add an earthiness to Metheny's compositions, taking the music ever further from its American roots and into a realm that is truly global.—SG
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