Jazz guitar great Pat Metheny’s Unity Group has released The Unity Sessions, the CD version of a filmed performance by the group recently released on DVD.
The two-CD set features 13 songs and the bass work of past Thelonius Monk competition winner Ben Williams, who also has a solo career. “Ben has a fearless and open-minded approach to what music can be, which made him perfect for this band,” Metheny says on his website. “He has more than a little bit of Jaco [Pastorius]’s melodic influence in his playing. Finding guys who can play great melodies has always been hard, and Ben has natural way of using space as well as being able really get around the instrument; a wonderful combination of skills.”
The Unity Group’s members first joined together for the Grammy-winning 2012 album, Unity Band. It then returned for the 2014 record, KIN (←→).
Here’s the song, “Kin” from The Unity Sessions DVD:
The Unity Sessions Track List:
- Sign of the Season
- This Belongs to You
- On Day One
- Medley: Phase Dance/Minuano/Midwestern Nights/The Sun in Montreal/Omaha Celebration/Antonia/Last Train Home
- Come and See
- Police People
- Two Folk Songs (#1)
- Rise Up
- Go Get It