Music: Room for Everybody

With three distinct albums, guitarist Pat Metheny continues to nudge jazz and rock closer together

Good news for anxious boomers: playing jazz keeps you young. At the end of a quarter-century of grueling one-nighters, guitarist Pat Metheny still has the same easy small-town grin and messy mop of gopher brown hair seen on the back cover of his very first solo album; he also has a 15-month-old son, Nicolas Djakeem, on whom he dotes in between far-flung gigs. Twenty-five years and 25 albums after his hugely influential Bright Size Life helped nudge jazz and rock closer together, Metheny, 45, continues to play for delighted crowds everywhere from Istanbul to Albuquerque. "Sometimes I feel like my whole...

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