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Pat Metheny

When: Wed., April 7, 7:30 p.m. 2010

Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny never wanted for collaborators. Since he debuted with Paul Bley, he's worked with an all-star list of performers, from Charlie Haden and Chick Corea to Ornette Coleman. His choice to make a solo project out of his improvisations with mechanized instruments initially came as a shock. Orchestrion hinges on a battery of instrumentation powered by electromagnetic switches, triggered to react to Metheny's guitar play. What first comes off as a novelty gimmick—a fusion version of the animatronics bands found at kids' pizza joints—becomes an elastic tool. His fans may find it challenging to see their hero interacting with automated collaborators instead of ones that actually sweat, but the core of his music still takes the lead. —Chris Toenes

Price: $30-$75

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