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Product Description

Pat Metheny, is a prolific jazz guitarist, whose work ranges from avant-garde to commercial fusion. With Speak of Now - Live In Concert, the Pat Metheny Group launches a tight, intense, uplifting, and musically complex assortment of sounds that has never been put together before and can be enjoyed by all in one outstanding performance. The band features Metheny (guitar), Lyle Mays (keyboards), Steve Rodby (acoustic bass, cello), Richard Bona (vocals, percussion, guitar, bass), Cuong Vu (trumpet, vocals) and Antonio Sanchez (drums). PMG marks their 25th Anniversary with the release of "Speak Of Now" - Live In Concert.

Track Listing:
1. Last Train Home
2. Go Get It
3. As It Is
4. Proof
5. Insensatez (How Insensitive)
6. The Gathering Sky
7. You
8. A Place in the World
9. Scrap Metal
10. Another Life
11. On Her Way
12. Are You Going with Me?
13. The Roots of Coincidence
14. A Map of the World ~ In Her Family
15. Song for Bilbao


There's nary a flaw to be found in this lengthy (135 minutes) concert performance by guitarist Pat Metheny and his sextet, recorded in Tokyo in 2002. The musicianship is superb, the material (much of it drawn from the Metheny Group album of the same name) strong, the sound and visuals impeccable, the audience respectful... and therein lies the problem, such as it is. The whole effect is a bit sterile; there's little of the communication between listeners and players that can ignite jazz or rock shows in more intimate, less formal settings. Co-founders Metheny and keyboardist Lyle Mays, longtime bassist/co-producer Steve Rodby, and the three more recent members (multi-instrumentalists Richard Bona and Cuong Vu and drummer Antonio Sanchez) are all brilliant, versatile players. And it's nice to hear their interpretations of Jobim's "How Insensitive" and Metheny's lovely title tune from the film A Map of the World. But unless you get off on seeing a lot of close-ups of Metheny's facial contortions, listening to the PMG's recordings should suffice. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Songs: Last Train Home, Go Get It, As It Is, Proof, Insensatez (How Insensitive), The Gathering Sky, You, A Place in the World, Scrap Metal, Another Life, On Her Way, Are You Going with Me?, The Roots of Coincidence, A Map of the World--In Her Family, Song for Bilbao

Product Details

  • Actors: Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Live, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E2W0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Derosier on July 5, 2005
Format: DVD
Shame on you guys at amazon...whoever wrote the editorial, anyway. The last sentence, in reference to Metheny's facial "contortions" discouraged me for a couple of months from buying this gem...then, after reading enough stellar "amateur" reviews to the contrary, I picked it up locally. WOW. The last jazz DVD to blow me away like this was Jean-Luc Ponty's "In Concert". The production and performance are phenomenal on "Speaking of Now Live"...Ironically, the previous Japan DVD "We Live Here" features far more close-ups of Pat Metheny's facial expressions than this new effort. I see a virtuoso guitarist in sheer rapture as his fingers blaze across the fretboard! Pat Metheny's band, regardless of incarnation, remains the eighth wonder of the modern world. This level of musicianship simply beggars description. If you're pondering whether or not you need "yet another Pat Metheny DVD", I heartily recommend this extravaganza. There is so much information coming at you for over two hours that you can't digest it all at once! WHERE does he find these players?? During the last number, the percussionist dons a bass and is suddenly flying all over it, simultaneously scat-singing! It's truly a shame that the average person gets no more exposure to this incredible music than as elevator music during the Weather Channel's "Local on the Eights" (!) Check this one out, folks.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sabin on December 9, 2006
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Several weeks ago, I posted a review of the PMG's "We Live Here" DVD and remarked that many of the songs performed live by the group on the DVD were almost indistinguishable from their studio performance on the CD of the same title. The selection of songs on the DVD also closely mirrored those on the CD. With that DVD, the only thing you are really getting is the chance to see the performers (not just hear them). You're also treated to some short interviews from the band's members.

In contrast, this DVD is a significant departure from the CD of the same title. Although 7 of the 9 songs from the CD are included here, we're also treated to 9 other songs. Overall it's a very different experience from the CD, and for that reason alone I can recommend this DVD. But there are plenty of other reasons as well (particularly the last track).

As with other PMG live concerts captured on DVD, the audio is outstanding. As on the "We Live Here" DVD, this concert was recorded live in Tokyo and appears to use essentially the same videography team. The videography was a bit better this time around, but frankly it's nothing special and it's the audio rather than video that makes these DVDs worthwhile. My primary interest in watching, rather than just listening, was to get a better feel for the performers themselves...what they look like, how they interact with each other and their instruments, and who plays what on various songs.

One thing I liked about this DVD compared to "We Live Here" was that it captured a feel for the performance better, abandoning the annoyingly abrupt segues and interspersed interviews, and just letting the music roll exactly as if you were at the concert. It felt more cohesive to me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rockyfeller on November 27, 2005
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I am a latecomer to the PMG following and I'm wondering why I never noticed them before. I now tell everyone about this group and I'm surprised how many people have no clue who I'm talking about. I bought the "As it is" album and was blown away. I never heard a group with such passion and spirit. It strikes directly deeply into the soul and gets at the emotions (yes I do blare it, I don't care if onlookers think I'm a weirdo) Every note and every beat it perfect and intentional. I will honestly tell you that you will only fully appreciate this music if you are really an avid listener or musician. Try playin this stuff on your instrument and you'll realize how crazy intricate the music is....listen to the song again and there are always minute new details you'll pick up on and say wow! You just can't get sick of it. There's always a new angle to it.

I had to buy the DVD and was floored! This DVD sits right in my 6-disc DVD changer (#6) and I never take it out. Everyone knows it's a permanent fixture there. From time to time I have to watch it again, over and over. It totally captivates me. It's a great production in terms of visual quality, length and sound quality. I do agree that the audience seems almost artificial but who cares! I have previewed other PMG materials; call me ignorant, but I think this is his best stuff. The creativity of the percusionist and his vocals (acting like a seperate instrument), the trumpet player that can do things I never heard. The bassist is 100% PERFECT. I was looking for at least 1 note he may have screwed up: NOTHING perfect! Uncanny! The drummer? Whoa! This dude is beserk! One of the best drummers I have ever heard and he has a kit that's expansive. Lyle Mays is sheer genius.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ZAHZAH on October 25, 2003
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I saw the concert performance of this material in Universal City, CA about two years ago at the beginning of their year plus long world tour. It was absolutely MAGIC!! As for Pat, a more honest and knowing performance can not be given by a human being, and who better to support than the PMG? Years later, the live feeling of this artistic masterpiece is still with me. The live performance, (like the CD) was a superb Pat Metheny Group endeavor. This work ("S.O.N.") is one of their finest of all time and I have been ever since eagerly awaiting the DVD release. In the meantime I have collected every PMG DVD release available in The States. The DVDs are all VERY CONSISTANT in quality and performance with PMG releases on CD.
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