Speaking of Now

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Speaking of Now
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Studio album by Pat Metheny Group
Released 2002 (2002)
Recorded 2001
Studio Right Track Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 72:03
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
Pat Metheny Group chronology
Imaginary Day
Speaking of Now
The Way Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz (favorable) [2]

Speaking of Now is an album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 2002 by Warner Bros. It marks the first appearances of Group members Antonio Sánchez, who replaced Paul Wertico on drums, and multi-instrumentalist Cuong Vu. Already a veteran of the avant-garde jazz scene and great admirer of both Pat Metheny and the Group, Vu was approached by the bandleader to join; Metheny had been very impressed with recordings of Vu's trumpet playing and vocal abilities.

Cameroonian musician Richard Bona also participated in the album's recording and tour, the latter of which particularly showcased his abilities on vocals and bass guitar.

In 2003, as part of the album's promotion, a concert was recorded in Japan and released on DVD and the Group performed on the PBS series Austin City Limits.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "As It Is"   7:40
2. "Proof"   10:13
3. "Another Life" Metheny 7:08
4. "The Gathering Sky"   9:22
5. "You" Metheny 8:24
6. "On Her Way"   6:04
7. "A Place in the World"   9:52
8. "Afternoon" Metheny 4:43
9. "Wherever You Go"   8:04




  1. ^ Tauss, Lucy. "Speaking of Now - Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Hovan, C. Andrew (1 February 2002). "Pat Metheny Group: Speaking of Now". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 17 October 2013.