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Pat Metheny: "Nothing Ever Feels Obsolete to Me"

There are inherent advantages to being a jazz musician. Genre constraints are practically thrown out the window and almost anything is considered acceptable no matter how free, new-agey, rock-leaning, contemporary, ballady or bopping. As long as integrity to the art form remains, experimentation is rewarded.

Guitarist Pat Metheny has been rewarded plenty, with 20 Grammy awards covering a wide array of ensemble configurations -- from solo efforts to large groups -- and musical directions covering every known spectrum, and creating a few as well.