The Way Up

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The Way Up
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Studio album by Pat Metheny Group
Released January 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
Recorded 2003–2004
Studio Right Track Recording, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 68:07
Label Nonesuch
Producer Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny Group chronology
Speaking of Now
The Way Up
Essential Collection Last Train Home
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz (favourable)[2]

The Way Up is the thirteenth album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 2005. 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.

Certain elements of the composition seem to be 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 Metheny has worked with.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.[3]

  1. "Opening" – 5:17
  2. "Part One" – 26:27
  3. "Part Two" – 20:29
  4. "Part Three" – 15:54


With the following musicians making guest appearances:


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
2006 Pat Metheny Group Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album


  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. 
  3. ^ "The Way Up". Retrieved 10 April 2014.