We have had a number of greats of rock guitar as headliners in the past 12 months, so how about a jazz guitar legend.
Pat Metheny, who turns 63 today, grew up in Kansas City, and began to play guitar at 13. By the time he was in his late teens, he was teaching music at the college level. He began appearing on other musicians’ jazz albums around 1974 and released his debut album, Bright Size Life in 1976. A year later Metheny got together with keyboardist Lyle Mays and a few other musicians to form the Pat Metheny Group; Metheny’s subsequent recording and performing career includes records released both under the Group’s name and his own.
Metheny has won 20 Grammys in his career; among winners who are exclusively or primarily jazz musicians, only Chick Corea has won more. His wins have come in ten different categories, a Grammys record. When someone has been recording for over 40 years, picking a single song to represent them is usually near to impossible. However, this track, off of his first Grammy-winning album, is frequently mentioned as among his best: