“Music is a lot like color,” a wise man told me once, “in that there is no real right or wrong – there’s only what appeals to you, and what doesn’t.” I thought that was a terribly profound assessment, and it’s had a vast influence on how I approached music ever since.

I say this so that you’ll know not to take it lightly when I say that if you are not going out to the State Theatre tonight to see guitarist Pat Metheny, in his trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez, you are wrong.

My esteemed colleague Brent Burton does a pretty good (if inadvertent) job of backing me up on this one.