Note:This scholarly essay is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:A stylistic analysis of Pat Metheny's improvisations in selected jazz guitar trio performances
Author(s):Guzman Borrero, Jose Enrique
Advisor(s):Gray, Lawrence
Contributor(s):Gray, Lawrence; Carrillo, Carlos; Carrillo, Tito; Sanchez-Portuguez, Guido
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Jazz Guitar
Pat Metheny
Bright Size Life
Question and Answer
Soul Cowboy
Abstract:This project documents Pat Metheny's unique ideas in improvisations from his jazz guitar trio performances. Even though Metheny went on to create other projects, he continues to return to the trio format for a total of six studio albums to date. This study demonstrates the creativity of these ideas by focusing on five specific performances taken from four different albums that explored. This will lead to an assessment of his overall approach to the melodic line and his harmonic vocabulary which, along with certain electronic effects give his improvisations their characteristic sound. By identifying and discussing these parameters, I establish why Pat Metheny's melodic and harmonic exploration has influenced countless guitarists to this day.
Issue Date:2020
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Jose Enrique Guzman Borrero
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-07-20

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