What's It All About [+Digital Booklet]
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What's It All About [+Digital Booklet]

September 1, 2011

  Song Title
The Sound Of Silence
Garota De Ipanema
Rainy Days And Mondays
That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be
Slow Hot Wind
Betcha By Golly, Wow
And I Love Her
'round Midnight
Digital Booklet: What's It All About

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2011
  • Release Date: June 6, 2011
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2011 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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  • Total Length: 1:02:31
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  • ASIN: B0053A7Z0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,234 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Four and a half IMPRESSIVE Stars!! On his latest solo guitar CD, legendary multiple Grammy Award-winning composer, guitarist, and leader Pat Metheny takes a break from his ground-breaking groups to explore some of his favorite songs from his early years of growing up and absorbing the popular music of the day. These songs have been on his "radar" for decades and are a natural follow-on to the success of his Grammy Award-winning first solo CD One Quiet Night. Originally all vocals, with two exceptions, they come from the likes of Paul Simon, The Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Thelonious Monk. All songs were recorded by Pat, late at night, after extensive 'woodshedding', using the uniquely tuned baritone guitar and 3 other acoustic guitars with different sonic traits. No overdubbing. He takes these songs primarily on an introspective trip in order to re-examine these major and minor iconic classics. The 'best of the best' begin with the Simon and Garfunkel hit "The Sound of Silence": he gives it a dense shimmering sound with an almost Japanese koto effect from his 42 string guitar, beautifully building momentum thru the silences. "Garota de Ipanema" (The Girl from Ipanema) is richly dark and bluesy as Pat's baritone guitar gives fresh twists of the main theme and the bridge, giving it a deep 'saudade' feeling that can come over one late at night. The Chantays' "Pipeline" was a huge surfing hit when Pat was around 8 years old, and he changes it from the original 'cowabunga'-style to a great 'flamenco'-style sound. Pat makes "Betcha by Golly, Wow" live up to its title. The Sergio Mendes/Lani Hall classic "Slow Hot Wind" is given some tasty tempo and improv twists. Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful follow-up to One Quiet Night! June 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a solo baritone acoustic guitar set by Pat Metheny following the stellar One Quiet Night disc. Metheny explains in the liner notes about the guitar used and the tuning: "This is a straight solo baritone guitar record (except instrument changes as noted); edits but no overdubs. And as in the previous solo baritone guitar record: One Quiet Night, the basic tuning used throughout the recording is A D G C E A. The relative intervallic relationship of the strings is the same as a conventional guitar tuned down a fifth. However, as in a "Nashville" tuning, the 3rd and 4th strings are retrung and tuned an octave higher than usual. In the case of this tuning, the 5th and 6th strings are quite low in pitch..." This explanation will give you a pretty good idea of the guitar sound on What's It All About. The songs are all great ones from the popular song-book. The set leads off with a wonderful rendition of Paul Simon's The Sound of Silence and concludes with Lennon's and McCartney's And I Love Her. There are ten tracks in all, with songs by the likes of Burt Bacharach, Terry Kirkman, Carly Simon, and Henry Mancini. Recorded in New York by Metheny, Pete Karm and David Oakes and produced by Metheny, What's It All About is a terrific sounding album, beautifully played. I like that Metheny has arrived at a point in his career as a musician where he can appreciate the spaces between the notes as much as the notes themselves. I don't like this recording quite as much as One Quiet Night, as I find the songs a bit more interesting and challenging on the previous disc. However, if you appreciate solo acoustic guitar music, get this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow side of Metheny August 23, 2011
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This is Pat's follow up to One Quiet Night he recorded about 10 years ago. It's been one of my favourite relaxation CD's ever since. Now he's released a set of sweet acoustic instrumental covers of some familiar and unfamiliar tunes that is equally great for a relaxed evening at home or to accompany a slow yoga practice.In this frantic world it's nice that there's quality music like this to relax with.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a neat time and place for whats it all about June 15, 2011
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Whats it all about- a fantastic acoustic journey through time every song sings so sweetly on the acoustic sounds of silence on the pikasso pats multi string custom guitar almost as if he had a harp player along for the ride but its just pat having fun, the depth of the entire album just amazing. I was just so pleased with the entire album. Nice to cast away time and just breathe. Another baritone acoustic guitar album with works by other artists that serves the songs and artists that originally did them well...they would be pleased as was myself, what a ride!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic beauty October 30, 2011
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This LP (yes I play Vinyl) has a stellar sound and uniquely full tone Metheny gets from his guitar(s). I particularly love the expressive arrangement of Pop songs that we have heard before, here in a most inventive way.

I play this LP for friends to let them hear what actual music is supposed to sound like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds like Metheny to me September 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I will say very little, but what stands out most in my mind about this album is that EVERY tune, no matter who wrote it or when they wrote it, sounds like a Pat Metheny composition. His approach is so unique, and there is never any doubt as to who is playing. Just the tone of the instrument (regardless of the specific guitar employed) announces who the player is.

I would think that this would be the goal of any jazz musician: taking any tune and turning it into a personal statement. Metheny is successful on so many levels with this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about tasty licks.
Not going to blow you away, but super delightful sounds that I keep in rotation with my late night stuff that includes Secret Story from Pat Metheny.
Published 19 days ago by David J. Riffle
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Smiling
Followed this great musician for many years. He plays what I want to listen to. This one is easy on the ears for the most part. I'm still smiling after hearing Ipanema though. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jazzlistener
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
I have always loved Pat Metheny but this is something special. Beautiful interpretations of the songs that sound fresh and new while still creating some nostalgia.
Published 1 month ago by Kim S. Koonce
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
When I saw this recording was all covers I had my doubts as I am a huge fan of Pat Metheny's original work. HOWEVER, what he touches always becomes his own. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. M. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Music is purely subjective
That being said, this is a great album with very interesting renditions of familiar songs. The Beatles song is a stunner.
Published 3 months ago by Number 6
4.0 out of 5 stars Pat Metheny "What's It All About"
I bought this after hearing Pat Metheny's wonderful interpretation of the Lennon/McCartney song, And I Love Her, on the local jazz station. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lynnsey guerrero
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is a GUITARIST !!
Pat Metheny is well known world wide. And there is good reason. This is one Well Talented musician and composer of music. He explains his music with a Highly Professional manner. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alain J. Deflandre
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammy nominee
Pat Metheny gives the light-jazz touch to songs from the 1960s and 1970s like "The Sound of Silence," "Alfie," "And I Love Her" and "Betcha By Golly,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Martin H. Franzen
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid--Don't Buy
I like Pat Metheny's work but this is weird digital junk. Not music at all. Monkeys at a computer created this.
Published 10 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Pat Metheny CD
I really enjoy the depth and clarity of the guitar work on this CD. Pat plays some music on this album made famous by others, and usually I'd shy away from music like that, but he... Read more
Published 11 months ago by ejr1953
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