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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: #215,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Pat Metheny's New Chautauqua is a perfect example.
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This is hopeful, joyous music, and highlights the unique optimism of Pat's musical mind.
K. Swanson
I highly recommend that listeners check this wonderful New Chautaqua album out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Rimmer on 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 By B. Bernardini on August 14, 2002
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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 By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on 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 By W. Noshie on 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 By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on 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 By A Customer on June 18, 1999
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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 By A Customer on March 13, 1999
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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. New Chautauqua is pure Metheny; he wrote and played every note, and it shows how amazingly musical and melodic he is. It also features his deft touch with arpeggiated triads, creating a sunny underpinning of sweet sound upon which he weaves his melodic arabesques. This is mellow jazz made before smooothjazzz was a concept, but it has the harmonic lushness and melodic inventiveness that genre usually lacks.

This album has enhanced many long cross-country drives and makes a perfect soundtrack as nature's beauty flows by. I also love it while backpacking alone in the high wilderness, and whenever a sunny day needs a little extra touch of happy glory.

This is hopeful, joyous music, and highlights the unique optimism of Pat's musical mind. Not afraid to play a pure melody and make it as sweet as possible, he has earned the scorn of many jazz "purists" (or "wankers"). Just because a dissonant note isn't present every bar doesn't make it not jazz; it can simply be beautiful music, free of boundaries.

Highly recommended if you like music that makes you happy to be alive.
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