"Even though these letters were written more than 25 years ago, they still prove that two people can disagree sharply about serious social issues yet remain the best of friends. We could use more of that kind of thinking today." - Mike Metheny
"John McKee was a force. And he is one of the major reasons I became the musician that I am now. To this day, he remains one of the most important and unique personalities I have ever known." - Pat Metheny (from the "Foreword")
For more information about Old Friends Are the Best Friends (including selected excerpts) and how to purchase, please go to Writings.
OTHER RECENT RELEASES
TWELVE FOR THE ROAD
Featuring Mike on all original tracks, recorded on various keyboard synths and
flugelhorn. For ordering information and sound clips, please go to "Recordings." And
for a short video, click on the following link:
"The unconventional approach of Twelve For the Road is decidedly offbeat, but it results in one of Metheny's most artistically and emotionally compelling albums."
- Bill Brownlee at plasticsax.com
A KANSAS CITY TRUMPET SUMMIT
Featuring Mike with KC trumpeters Stan Kessler and Hermon Mehari on an eclectic set of tracks adapted for this unique ensemble. An all-star Kansas City rhythm section rounds out the band.
OLD WINE/NEW BOSSA: SELECTED TRACKS
This 2011 compilation/sampler features Mike and many of his favorite musicians over the years from Boston and Kansas City. For sound clips and ordering information, please go to "Recordings."
(Featuring Mike on flugelhorn, EVI and keyboards along with a supporting cast of Kansas City jazz artists performing seven of Mike's original compositions.) "He could have made a comfy, simpatico mainstream session, and nobody would have complained. Instead, he created a set of new sonic landscapes... And he thrived in every one of them." -- The Kansas City Star
BACK TO BASICS
(Featuring Mike playing the music of Bach, Beethoven and other classical masters, backed by guitar, piano and keyboards.) "On this atmospheric set, Metheny returns to his roots... One does not have to be a connoisseur of classical music in order to enjoy this melodic and charming program." -- AMG/Allmusic.com
(Featuring Mike and numerous Kansas City jazz all-stars in small group and big band settings.) "Metheny's beautiful, deeply felt performance on his younger brother Pat's poignant ballad 'Always and Forever,' reminds us that both brothers have the lyricism gene..." -- Jazz Times
CLOSE ENOUGH FOR LOVE
(Featuring Mike and a solid supporting cast, with a cameo by Pat Metheny.) "In the 'Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition' category, the name of Mike Metheny should be right at the top." -- International Trumpet Guild Journal
For sound clips and ordering information, please go to "Recordings."