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  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B0000262K4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Metheny joins bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins, one of Ornette Coleman's finest rhythm pairings, for this 1983 recording. Rejoicing looks closely at Coleman's group dynamics and three of his tunes (though it's Horace Silver's "Lonely Woman," not Coleman's, that opens the album). The three mesh perfectly on Coleman's "Tears Inside," "Humpty Dumpty," and "Rejoicing," with Metheny generating long lines of melody over sprung rhythms. While the guitarist often shifts musical direction from CD to CD, his compositions on Rejoicing offer remarkable contrasts. He creates a rich overdub of electric and acoustic guitars for the ballad "Story from a Stranger," then generates an almost Albert Ayler-like sound for the intensely electric dirge "The Calling," the mood enhanced by Haden's bowed bass and animated by Higgins's free drumming. --Stuart Broomer

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Hampton on April 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Metheny is often dismissed as a soft jazz or pop music sellout, but listen to this CD and you'll see that he is none of those things. His range is amazing; there is a lot of variety in his guitar voices and his improvisation is so beautiful it's hard to believe it isn't composed beforehand. This and the 'Group' album are my favorite Metheny things. He plays like a modern day Mozart.
What can you say about Higgins and Haden, except 'Thank you, Lord'.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "mavennd" on April 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Pat Metheny in a pure trio setting... inventive, lyrical, original. I received this album as a gift on vinyl from the very person who introduced me to Pat Metheny's music. I was startled by the purity of this recording. "Lonely Woman" begins this album in a spare yet lush presentation. Pat luxuriates in this piece with a rich chordal approach. Beautiful, dark and romantic without any sappiness. I have seldom heard Pat play acoustic in exactly the way he played this piece. Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins are just there, like air, essential supportive. The next few pieces finds Pat in and inventive Jazz guitar trio setting. Pat's unique style, lyrical yet horn-like, with that unusual phrasing brings a fresh take on each piece. Billy Higgins shows why he is so much in demand by musicians of acceptional caliber. He is swinging, driving and original. Play close attention to his cymbal work. Charlie Haden supplies supple lines and a pulse like rhythm thoughout This trio INTERACTS, they listen to one another. "A Story from A Stranger" is again one of those ballads that, for me rates among his best, fans of his well established group would be delighted with this piece, which builds from a soft lilting beginning to a guitar synth-crescendo. "The Calling is harkens back to his love of Ornette Coleman abstract yet driven, with overlapping synth-guitar lines. This one piece is likely to be an acquired taste for many. The album closes out with a whisper much like "Offramp" did. Definitely, at the time of the release a different look at the, then rising guitar legend. This is one that holds up. Here it is 2000 and I still play it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "mavennd" on April 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Pat Metheny in a pure trio setting... inventive, lyrical, original. I received this album as a gift on vinyl from the very person who introduced me to Pat Metheny's music. I was startled by the purity of this recording. "Lonely Woman" begins this album in a spare yet lush presentation. Pat luxuriates in this piece with a rich chordal approach. Beautiful, dark and romantic without any sappiness. I have seldom heard Pat play acoustic in exactly the way he played this piece. Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins are just there, like air, essential supportive. The next few pieces finds Pat in and inventive Jazz guitar trio setting. Pat's unique style, lyrical yet horn-like, with that unusual phrasing brings a fresh take on each piece. Billy Higgins shows why he is so much in demand by musicians of acceptional caliber. He is swinging, driving and original. Play close attention to his cymbal work. Charlie Haden supplies supple lines and a pulse like rhythm thoughout This trio INTERACTS, they listen to one another. "A Story from A Stranger" is again one of those ballads that, for me rates among his best, fans of his well established group would be delighted with this piece, which builds from a soft lilting beginning to a guitar synth-crescendo. "The Calling is harkens back to his love of Ornette Coleman abstract yet driven, with overlapping synth-guitar lines. This one piece is likely to be an acquired taste for many. The album closes out with a whisper much like "Offramp" did. Definitely, at the time of the release a different look at the, then rising guitar legend. This is one that holds up. Here it is 2000 and I still play it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By betya@soros.org.mk on November 26, 1998
Format: Audio CD
What can I say else; it's one of the best albums he ever created. Sepecialy the first song... Lonely Woman ...everyone who is Pat's fan should listen this one! p.s. Nema sto, najbolje dosega so sum go cul od Pat Metheny
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olukayode Balogun on May 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This 1984 ECM recording is, to me, is a perfect example of how the guitar/bass/drum trio should work. Produced by Manfred Eicher, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins' rhythm section is both solid and solidly behind Pat Metheny's guitar playing.

When I bought it a few years back, after a couple of listens, I was struck by how I responded to Metheny's different forms of guitar work. My response to his acoustic playing was purely emotional, whilst my response to his electric playing was intellectual. I still haven't figured out why that is. Needless to say, I enjoy both immensely, just differently and on "Story From A Stranger", he adds in a dose of his guitar synth. It doesn't work for me everywhere he uses it but this is one of the places it works very well indeed.

The CD seems to be some kind of homage; three of the eight songs are by Ornette Coleman and the opener is by Horace Silver. Charlie Haden writes one, Pat Metheny writes two and the final tune is written by both Haden and Metheny.

I like all the songs. Well, almost. I've tried hard but I just don't get "The Calling". I guess it's one of those songs that is said to be for a 'specialist' audience. I usually just press the fast forward button - the only Pat Metheny song ever, to make me do that.

Nevertheless, I still consider it a five star CD. I think it's absolutely brilliant.
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