Speaking of Now

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Speaking of Now
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Studio album by Pat Metheny Group
Released February 12, 2002 (February 12, 2002)
Recorded 2001
Studio Right Track Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 72:05
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
Pat Metheny chronology
Trio → Live
(2000)Trio → Live2000
Speaking of Now
One Quiet Night
(2003)One Quiet Night2003
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. A veteran of the avant-garde jazz scene and an 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 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

There is an unnamed hidden track after track 5 that is a prelude to track 6. It has a duration of 28 seconds and some CD players will display a countdown from minus 28 to 0 seconds as it plays. To arrive at the track times listed above, which are taken from the liner notes, the actual track times are modified using the time of the hidden track and several seconds of gap time by subtracting from track 5 and adding to track 6.

The total time listed in the liner notes is 71:10. However, the actual sum of the track times listed in the liner notes is 71:30.

The actual total time is 72:05 as displayed on most CD players and computer media players. This includes the time of the gaps between tracks.


Guest appearances:

Speaking of Now Live (DVD, 2003)[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Last Train Home" 7:39
2. "Go Get It" 7:53
3. "As It Is" 7:53
4. "Proof" 5:30
5. "How Insensitive" (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 12:15
6. "The Gathering Sky" 6:50
7. "You" (Metheny) 4:12
8. "A Place in the World" 4:12
9. "Scrap Metal" 8:45
10. "Another Life" (Metheny) 7:04
11. "On Her Way" 7:04
12. "Are You Going with Me?" 7:04
13. "The Roots of Coincidence" 7:04
14. "A Map of the World/In Her Family" (Metheny) 7:04
15. "Song for Bilbao" (Metheny) 7:36


  • Recorded during the Speaking of Now World Tour, September 19–20, 2002 NHK Hall, Tokyo, Japan
  • Directed by Takayuki Watanabe
  • Produced by Pat Metheny and Steve Rodby
  • Executive producers – Ted Kurland and David Sholemson
  • Recorded by Pete Karam and David Oakes
  • Mixed by Rob Eaton

Personnel live[edit]


  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.