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Pat Metheny gets weird at Wilbur

Pat Metheny (pictured in Rhode Island in 2012) played with his Unity Band and Unity Group Thursday at the Wilbur Theatre.
Pat Metheny (pictured in Rhode Island in 2012) played with his Unity Band and Unity Group Thursday at the Wilbur Theatre.Joe Giblin/AP/File

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We’re our own opening act,” guitarist Pat Metheny announced 45 minutes into his band’s concert at the Wilbur Theatre Thursday night. He then introduced multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi, at which point the four-person Pat Metheny Unity Band (with saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer Antonio Sanchez) became the Pat Metheny Unity Group. The audience, Metheny said, should get ready to see some “weird stuff” on stage. To which a man in the balcony of the sold-out house shouted approvingly, “Weird stuff!”

Weird and beautiful. The transition from the opening set to the expanded Unity Group was like the difference between a perfectly crafted black-and-white film and IMAX full-color 3-D.

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