Pat Metheny and the worst possible guitar


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.

Pat Metheny and Fender Coronado XII in Pori Jazz 12 July 1974

Pat Metheny and Fender Coronado XII in Pori Jazz 12 July 1974

 

 

About Olli Laasanen

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2 Responses to Pat Metheny and the worst possible guitar

  1. jazzyoutoo says:

    fantastic story and marvellous photo!

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