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Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Bill Frisell all coming to town this month / The San Diego Union-Tribune

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It's not surprising that Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Bill Frisell form the triumvirate of a very exclusive mutual admiration society. As three of the guitar world's most acclaimed and distinctive artists of the past 40 years, their singular careers are matched by the esteem they have for one another as musicians and friends. Each of them has developed a playing style so innovative and distinctive that listeners can identify their work within just a few notes.

Just how distinctive will be demonstrated over a nine-day period this month, when each of these three Grammy Award-winning guitarists perform separate San Diego concerts. It's hard to recall three guitar greats of their stature appearing here in such close succession, let alone three whose careers have intertwined as closely.

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