Mike Metheny

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Mike Metheny (/məˈθni/ mə-THEE-nee; b. 1949, Lee's Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz flugelhornist and music journalist. He is the brother of the jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny. Metheny studied music education at the University of Missouri and Northeast Missouri State University, then played trumpet in the Army Field Band (1971-74). Following his time in the army, he became an adjunct lecturer and "assistant to the head of the trumpet department" at the Berklee College of Music (1976-83).[1] [2]

Career[edit]

Metheny has released several full-length albums, the first in 1982. He produced two records with major labels, in 1986 and 1987, to mixed reviews.[3] Since 2000, Metheny's albums have been produced by his own record company, 3 Valve Music.[4]

For the past two decades,[when?] Metheny has largely pursued a career in music journalism.[5] Commenting on Metheny's move from Boston to Missouri, and his transition to music journalism, the Boston Globe wrote in 1991, "Mike Metheny seemed on the verge of national recognition. He had a sweet sound, a gift for melody and three records under his name, two of them on a major label. Then he stopped."[6] Metheny himself jokes that his career as a journalist is "an occupation that pays less than being a jazz musician".[7] As a music journalist, Metheny has written for several Midwest jazz magazines and contributed liner notes to numerous CDs, including Super-Singer: A Tribute to Johnny Carson by Marilyn Maye. From 1994 to 2003, he was the editor of the non-profit Jazz Ambassador magazine, which covers jazz performances in the Kansas City area. He continues to perform, primarily in Kansas and Missouri, and with a particular emphasis on the electronic valve instrument (EVI), a trumpet synthesizer that he has featured in his recordings and which was given to him by his brother Pat as a present.[8]

Relationship with Pat Metheny[edit]

Mike Metheny is known as the older[9] brother of the guitarist and composer Pat Metheny. As the Los Angeles Times has pointed out, "Most of fluegelhornist Mike Metheny's career has been spent in the large shadow cast by his younger brother, guitarist Pat."[10] Pat Metheny's greater level of success has not been lost on his brother. As Mike Metheny pointed out in a 1987 interview, at the height of his own music career, "there's a dramatic distinction between where [Pat] is and where I am... Pat is definitely in a class by himself".[11] Notwithstanding, the Boston Globe writes that there is "not even an iota of intra-familial rivalry" between the pair.[12]

Discography[edit]

  • Blue Jay Sessions Headfirst Records, 1982
  • Day In-Night Out (Impulse!, 1986) U.S. Top Jazz Albums #18[13]
  • Kaleidoscope (MCA Records, 1987) U.S. Top Jazz Albums #6[13]
  • From Then 'Til Now Altenburgh Records 1989 [14]
  • Street of Dreams Altenburgh Records 1995 [15]
  • Close Enough for Love 3 Valve Music, 2001
  • KC Potpourri 3 Valve, 2003
  • Back to Basics 3 Valve, 2004
  • 60.1 3 Valve, 2010
  • Old Wine/New Bossa: Selected Tracks 3 Valve, 2011
  • A Kansas City Trumpet Summit 3 Valve, 2013

As guest artist[edit]

  • 1988 MCA Jazz Sampler: Spring into Summer Jazz Sampler '88
  • 1992 Secret Story, Pat Metheny (flugelhorn, trumpet)
  • 1992 I Didn't Know About You, Karrin Allyson (flugelhorn)
  • 1995 Azure-Té, Karrin Allyson (flugelhorn)
  • 1996 Collage, Karrin Allyson (flugelhorn)
  • 1996 You Must Believe in Music, Gary Sivils (composer, EVI, liner notes, producer)
  • 1997 There Will Never Be Another You,Rick Holland (liner notes)
  • 1998 Odahoda, Interstring (liner notes)
  • 2005 Live at KEXP, Vol. 1, Various Artists
  • 2007 Little Jazz Bird, Megan Birdsall (EVI)
  • Tunnel Vision: A Collection Of New Music, University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band (composer)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott Yanow, Mike Metheny at Allmusic
  2. ^ Ernie Santosuosso (18 January 1981). "A Pat and Mike Story About Two Jazzmen". Boston Globe. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Don Heckman (14 June 1988). "Jazz Reviews : Mike Metheny's Quest for Greater Visibility". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.mikemetheny.com/recordings.html
  5. ^ Bob Young (23 October 1997). "Trumpeter Metheny all 'Ryled' up for the Hub". Boston Herald. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Fernando Gonzalez (15 November 1991). "Writing Another Chapter in Mike Metheny's Life". Boston Globe. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Fernando Gonzalez (15 November 1991). "Writing Another Chapter in Mike Metheny's Life". Boston Globe. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Don Heckman (14 June 1988). "Jazz Reviews : Mike Metheny's Quest for Greater Visibility". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  9. ^ http://hepcat1950.com/pmiv92bg.html
  10. ^ Don Heckman (14 June 1988). "Jazz Reviews : Mike Metheny's Quest for Greater Visibility". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  11. ^ Carolyn Mcmaster (16 August 1987). "Jazzman Mike Metheny Brings Brass to Town". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Ernie Santosuosso (18 January 1981). "A Pat and Mike Story About Two Jazzmen". Boston Globe. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic.com
  14. ^ http://www.altenburgh.com/artists.html
  15. ^ http://www.altenburgh.com/artists.html

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