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, jazz fusion
Length 68:07
Label Nonesuch
Producer Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
One Quiet Night
(2003)One Quiet Night2003
The Way Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz (favourable)[2]

The Way Up is an album by the 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 & Lyle Mays, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Opening" 5:17
2. "Part One" 26:27
3. "Part Two" 20:29
4. "Part Three" 15:54


Guest appearances:

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

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

No. Title Length
1. "Opening" 7:39
2. "Part One" 7:53
3. "Part Two" 7:53
4. "Part Three" 5:30

This film was shot during the Asian leg of the 2004 tour in Seoul, Korea. It is a special

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.