The Way Up

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The Way Up
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Studio album by Pat Metheny Group
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
StudioRight Track Recording, New York City
GenreJazz, jazz fusion
ProducerPat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
One Quiet Night
The Way Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz(favourable)[2]

The Way Up is an album by Pat Metheny Group, released in 2005. It won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.


The album consists of one 68-minute-long piece, split into four tracks solely for CD navigation. The album is a showcase for the band's ability in solo improvisation and dynamics. Swiss multi-instrumentalist Gregoire Maret joined the Group for the album's recording and tour, being showcased on the harmonica.

The main idea for the piece had been germinating for several years before finally being officially composed and recorded in 2003-04. Metheny has remarked that, The Way Up became a sort of protest song to counter the influence of, in his view, an increasingly impatient, shallow, and simple-minded world.[citation needed]

Because of the album's ambitious nature and demanding studio refining, it was originally not intended to be played live.[citation needed] Both Metheny and Mays remarked on the exhaustive accomplishment of successfully transferring the entire piece to a live setting for the promotional tour.[citation needed]

Certain elements of the composition were influenced by the works of contemporary composer Steve Reich[citation needed], with whom Pat Metheny has collaborated in the past. Reich is credited on the CD with "very special thanks" along with Eberhard Weber, another musician with whom both Metheny and Mays have collaborated.

As part of the album's promotional tour, the Group performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival and a concert was recorded in South Korea and released on DVD.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.

2."Part One"26:27
3."Part Two"20:29
4."Part Three"15:54


Guest appearances:


Grammy Awards

Years Category
2006 Best Contemporary Jazz Album

The Way Up - Live (DVD, 2006)[edit]

All tracks written by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.

2."Part One"29:00
3."Part Two"21:49
4."Part Three"13:00


  • Running time: 91 minutes
  • Recorded in LG Arts Center, Seoul, Korea, 2004
  • Directed and edited by Steve Rodby
  • Produced by Pat Metheny
  • Executive producers – Ted Kurland and David Sholemson
  • Recorded by Pete Karam and David Oakes
  • Mixed by Rob Eaton
  • An Eagle Eye Media release. Eagle Eye Media a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.

Personnel live[edit]


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "The Way Up - Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Kelman, John (20 January 2005). "Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up". Retrieved 17 October 2013.