Volume 88, Number 10
Pat Metheny's Side-Eye
By Suzanne Lorge
The Side-Eye Trio is Pat Metheny’s very cool new project with current members keyboardist James Francies and drummer Joe Dyson, which Metheny formed in 2016 as a platform for up-and-coming players. Even before he started building the band, he knew what it would be called.
“I had a tune called ‘Side-Eye’ that I never played, and several people said it was a great name for a band. So, I thought I’d use that,” Metheny said. “But more specifically, it’s been hard to be an American in the past few years and not have a kind of side-eye look at ourselves during this incredibly bizarre period of time. To me, the only possible way to survive it is to just raise an eyebrow.”