This trio came together as Metheny finished a two-year stretch of recording and touring around the world with his regular group. For his "vacation" period, Metheny decided to find a few like-minded younger players and continue once again to expand on his unique vision of what a guitar-led, improvisationally-driven, three-piece ensemble could suggest within this modern culture of music.
During recording, the trio "spent just a couple of days together in the studio, just for a few hours a day, just playing", according to Metheny. They did not even listen back to anything until a few weeks later.
Metheny won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for "(Go) Get It."