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New Chautauqua

Pat Metheny, Pat Metheny & Lyle MaysAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B0000261O4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

For this 1979 recording, Pat Metheny tried something very different: a solo CD with extensive overdubs that put the emphasis on his acoustic guitar playing. It's in an idiom all its own, mixing the open harmonies of country music with some flamenco phrases, resulting in the melodic inventiveness of jazz with the acoustic virtuosity of John Fahey. At times, the music has the feel of a universal campfire, with phrases that can bend from Appalachian folk picking to the music of India, with gently amplified leads over acoustic rhythm and subdued electric bass. The overall effect of this consort of one may be merely soothing, but like all of Metheny's work, the details are there to keep the interest level high. --Stuart Broomer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this album! November 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Pat Metheny is one of the greatest musicians of our generation. In the '70s (and up to the present day) he busied himself re-inventing and expanding the genre of jazz in ways that were progressive and ingenious, but at the same time totally accessible to people other than musical scholars. In the middle of making some of the greatest albums ever produced with all kinds of bands, large and small, he decided to make a solo album. But this was a real solo album. He went into a studio with a collection of guitars and basses and, with the help of a multi-track recorder, composed, arranged, performed and produced every note of this album himself. Vanity project? Maybe. But not a wasted one. Not only does he show a flawless technical mastery of his instruments, but every piece is so painstakingly constructed and emotively performed that you could love it without ever noticing the technical fireworks. It predated the Windham Hill revolution, but it's still superior in every important way to anything by Michael Hedges or Will Ackerman (and this is coming from a big fan of both of those artists). Almost always forgotten when listing Pat Metheny's greatest works, it never falls from the top of my list.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For your great listening pleasure!!!! August 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is on of Metheny's finest solo venture.Every song is wonderful.A quiet CD,good for that "Sunday morning,with
coffee and the newspaper" His focus for each of his writtings
is "on the mark". This is a must for you collection!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great American Road Music August 31, 2006
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Metheny's an innovator and has been all over the map over his long career in terms of styles, moods, textures, and sounds.

Here we have an early effort in which he takes his guitar and overdubs an introspective, wide-open-spaces musical journey across America, weaving in jazz, folk, country, rock, mountain music, and everything in between. If you love his work on Joni Mitchell's Amelia (performed live on Shadows and Light), you'll love the sound of this record.

The mood is mellow but not dull, quiet but not silent, and the results are spectacular. This is the cd to take with you on a trip across the western frontier, or a short hop to Burger King. Works either way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Explorer January 9, 2007
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Pat Metheny begins exploring new music routes from almost his very first release. New Chautauqua is the perfect example.

Metheny is all alone on this album, overdubbing himself on 6 and 12 strings, Acoustic and Electric guitars, Bass and 15 stings harp guitar.

The ensemble is difficult to classify in any music category, since it is a mixture of Folk, new age and Jazz.

Released in 1978, it is still very fresh, relaxing and pleasant to hear today.

"New Chautauqua" is a must own for every Pat Metheny fan; whether you are into Jazz, new age or Folk, as long as you love the sound of the guitar; you will extremely enjoy this album.

I personally rank "New Chautauqua" as one of my favorite Pat Metheny's albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable performances! March 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Pat Metheny has made one his most fortunate records with this singular, innovative and fresh air work.

Even my favorite track is Daybreak , all the album is gratifying. Please acquire this interesting CD that confirms once more the versatility and inspiration of this amazing guitarist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance June 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in 1979, this recording has stood the test of time - it sounds as fresh and vital as any new release. A collection of beautifully melodic acoustic guitar pieces, New Chautauqua is a landmark recording and an essential CD to own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GENIUS AT WORK March 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1979, Metheny literally introduced the world to a new form of Jazz. It is hard to coing, but New Chataqua might now be classified as the first New Age album...of course at the time of release, now one had even classified that genre. It is a spiritual experience that combines elements of American Folk and other world music, which will trigger mental images of favorite experiences in your life. It is smooth yet complicated, and always uplifting. A must have in any Metheny fan's collection, to see how far he has progressed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an incredible piece of music ! April 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Having listened to a fairly eclectic mix of music over the last 40 years, as with most people, there seems to be certain favorite artists whose cd/album compositions inevitably rise to the top and withstand the sense of time. Pat Metheny's New Chautauqua is a perfect example.
The music is just plain spellbinding. It seems impossible for any mere mortal to coax these incredible sounds out of a guitar. Do yourself a big favor and play this CD on high quality equipment in a listening room sans outside distractions and I guarantee as close to a religious experience as is possible here on earth.
If you like New Chatauqua, try doing the same thing with Mannheim Steamroller's Fresh Aire III, another of my alltime favorites. As an aside, both of these compositions make wonderful demos for your audio equipment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars blown away
I have never listened to Pat Methany before, and got this album on vinyl because I needed one more for my "buy one, get two free" deal at 2nd & Charles. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Storebrand
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vinyl version of New Chautaqua - A Metheny Masterpiece
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I noticed that this album can be purchased on MP3 form for about $11. The good news is that this makes a wonderful recording accessible on the many, very... Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by Johnnie Neptune
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound
My favorite from this CD is "Fallen Star," where he plays a few dubs of six-string acoustic guitar over fretless bass perhaps through a volume pedal. Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by Robert Graden
3.0 out of 5 stars Conspicuously contemplative
Definitely leaning more towards a minimalist folk influence, Metheny offers six contemplative strummers which go a long way on providing light, classy atmosphere, but leaves... Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly melodic music
I've heard almost all of Metheny's recordings, and this is one I've always kept coming back to, along with Bright Size Life and Missouri Sky. Read more
Published on November 16, 2007 by K. Swanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Metheny
A very mellow, enjoyable Metheny offering. Something I like to listen to on a Saturday morning, with my coffee and paper or play while I'm driving. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by R. Legare
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could play guitar like that
Great music. Old tunes worth purchasing.
Published on November 10, 2006 by Roger Laurel
4.0 out of 5 stars I think I'll make a record today...
I get the impression that Pat just had a creative itch that needed scratching in between PMG projects when he sat down and put this little session together. Read more
Published on June 13, 2006 by Steven
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special.
I got this at a garage sale and Im glad I did so, I would not have payed full price for it. Since this was a solo work I expected Pat to go out there a little bit, but the most of... Read more
Published on June 18, 2003 by David
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