Patrick Bruce Metheny, the longtime Woodstocker known as Pat who has won a record 18 Grammy Awards at this point, holds a number of lofty mantles. He’s one of the last practitioners of the ECM brand of New Agey jazz/fusion, drawing rock elements into standard jazz formats, deep in the public eye. And yet Metheny’s also considered, within the jazz world itself, as a constant (and consistent) avant-garde experimenter, always pushing the limits sonically and improvisationally. He has got the chops (and had them since his start, while still a teenager) to hold his own with all the jazz greats whom he grew up emulating; and yet he’s confident enough in his work to know that imitation is a diss, in the final rounds. To play jazz true, in the spirit of Louis and Miles and Trane and Sonny and Ornette, you have to do it your own way.