Pat Metheny (b. 1954) is one of the most acclaimed jazz guitarist of our time. He has just started his European tour with his Unity Group. Tonight they are having a concert in Helsinki Finlandia Hall (see you there!).
In today’s Helsingin Sanomat newspaper’s interview (by Harri Uusitorppa) Metheny is remembering his previous visit in Finland, as a young guitarist in Gary Burton’s quintet. He made a comment about the guitar he played then, Fender Coronado XII (my free translation, with Harri’s help):
Harri: “You played in Finland already in Pori Jazz 1974, in two concerts in the quintet of the vibrafonist Gary Burton as a second guitarist. Do you still remember that performance? You were then just a 19 year old novice.”
Pat: “Of course, the first time in Europe was a immense experience for a teenager from Missouri, Mid-West. Gary was the best possible mentor: three years in his group influenced me greatly. And I had that awful, unplayable Fender Coronado 12 string that was really one of the worst guitars imaginable … I remember that too!”
I have blogged this picture earlier, but as it is so timely, I’ll do it again.