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Pat Metheny's One Quiet Night, originally released in 2003, is the guitarist's most simply executed and highly personal set. The night in question was November 24, 2001; the location was the home studio in Metheny's apartment. Metheny began to play around with a new baritone guitar he had just aquired, exploring what he has described as an unusual "low Nashville tuning." As he told Downbeat at the time, "I wasn't thinking about anything other than the sound of one note leading me to the next. It was all about discovery." In late 2002, Metheny decided to cut a few more tracks in the same intuitive, homemad fashion - no overdubs, no other instruments - to complete this disc. He covered a pair of his favorite tunes, Keith Jarrett's "My Song," and Gerry and the Pacemakers' British Invasion hit "Ferry Across The Mersey," as well as Jesse harris's "Don't Know Why," which Norah Jones had just made famous. This reissued edition also features a bonus track, "In All We See," previously unreleased in North America on CD. Metheny's performance remains as heartfelt as it is impromptu; a private, contemplative moment has been trasformed into a timeless work.

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  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B001O5EH86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2003
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Pat Metheny has challenged the musical boundaries of his audience for over 25 years and his latest recording is no exception. One Quiet Night features Metheny performing alone, on a custom-made baritone guitar with a non-traditional folk tuning that accentuates the instrument's rich sound and warm resonant bass register. Recorded by Metheny in his New York City home, half of the material on the CD was captured on a single night in November 2001. In January 2003, he recorded the other half including two new original compositions, a reinterpretation of the popular Pat Metheny Group song "Last Train Home", and an eclectic group of covers: "Don't Know Why" from the 2002 Grammy award winning album by Norah Jones; "My Song" from jazz pianist Keith Jarrett; and the 1960s pop hit "Ferry Cross The Mersey" from the 'British invasion' band, Gerry and The Pacemakers.
Evocative at times of recordings made by the late Michael Hedges, Metheny has constructed a contemplative and deeply emotional set quite unlike anything he has released before. The fact that the November 2001 session was not originally intended for public consumption and was entirely improvisational in nature is a testament not only to Metheny's skill as a guitarist but also his innate sense of melody and harmonic structure.
Pat Metheny moves easily among varied musical settings: traditional jazz trios, post-bop experimental jazz, jazz-rock fusion, and polyrhythmic World Music, to name a few. One Quiet Night is a new color on the palette, a different texture to the canvas for Metheny but emminently satisfying. In the liner notes, Metheny hopes this album will offer his listeners "some peace and enjoyment". It should do both.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Hirsch on June 12, 2003
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I was so touched upon hearing this CD that I wept for joy, honestly. Not since Metheny's first stunning solo album "New Chatauqua" have I been so moved by a set of guitar music. The title track One Quiet Night is one of the most brilliant Metheny tracks I have ever heard. Also among my favorites are Another Chance and Over on 4th St.. This music reminds me of driving through the Colorado plains when I was 19, the spaciousness, emotion and soaring heights of my future all laid out in front of me. Don't miss this CD. It is a modern classic on a new stringed instrument (Baritone guitar) that will hopefully be heard more and more in Metheny's music. Pat is pure genius and his recording engineer should win an award for the crystal clear and shimmering sound of this album.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on May 27, 2003
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The latest disc by Pat Metheny "One Quiet Night" surely lives up to its title. It is excellent quiet acoustic music which is ideal for playing at night after a long day at the office.
Pat recorded this album in one sitting at his home studio with just one acoustic baritone guitar. The music was recorded completely live without any overdubs. The overall feel of this CD is very relaxed and peaceful. Because Pat is playing a baritone guitar tuned down from the standard guitar tuning, it often sounds as if he is playing a guitar and a bass simultaneously. In a way, he actually is especially when the low guitar strings are played.
His rearrangements of his older original material are superb especially "Last Train Home". The original version from 1987's "Still Life (Talking)" was centered around a chugging brushed drum rhythm. This new solo version has an almost down-home country feel to it and is only recognizable when the melody comes in.
In addition to the original material and its reworkings, Pat also throws in three cover tunes. The best of these is his great version of Gerry and the Pacemakers "Ferry Cross The Mersey". Pat's arrangement is reminiscent of the artists that performed on the Windham Hill label back in the day.
All in all, Pat's latest album is truely excellent. It is very calming and soothing. It's perfect music for sitting in front the fireplace or having a nice intimate dinner with someone you love. It's also great for falling asleep to and for getting your mind off of life's every day troubles.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gulezian on December 8, 2004
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I was alerted that my name was referenced in a negative review for this disc; upon reading the "review" I was horrified. Stunned and horrified. I love this CD - want to be absolutely clear about that. It's hard enough to not get irritated with the incredibly silly statements in some of the reviews below, but it's downright weird to see my name printed in one of them - especially one that is so, so far off base.

This is amazing music. No, it's not a Pat Metheny Group CD. It's a recording of solo acoustic instrumental guitar music - completely different genre. It's important to judge it for what it is, and how it compares to other great recordings within that genre: Aerial Boundaries (Michael Hedges), 6 and 12 String Guitar (Leo Kottke), Passion Session (Don Ross), Intuite (Pierre Bensusan), or the many excellent releases from Ralph Towner, Bill Frisell, Steve Tibbetts, John Abercrombie, etc. This is a CD that very convincingly rises to the level set by those milestone solo acoustic recordings - and the thought that it's completely improvised makes my head spin.

It is instructive to compare "One Quiet Night" to "New Chautauqua," Pat's first solo acoustic effort from some 25 years ago. This new CD is obviously superior, but one would only expect that from an artist who has consistently grown and matured as a guitarist, composer, improviser, and musical free thinker. I can think of few guitarists on so steep a learning curve as Pat.

This CD is introspection into a brilliant musical mind. The stillness is akin to a reflective lake - a look beneath the surface reveals incredible heart, soulfulness, and depth. The melodies are exquisitely beautiful.
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Last train home by PM & LM
"Last train home" first appeared on "Still Life (Talking)".

Hope that helps. :-)
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