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Following the Grammy winning 2001 solo acoustic record One Quiet Night, Metheny began regularly playing the specially tuned baritone guitar he used on that album in the breaks between sound check and the show when he was on the road. "Almost every day as I worked through one well-known tune or another, various visitors or local crew people would come up to me and ask which record it was on, and I would have to say that I had never made a record like that," Metheny says. "And over the years, I have had it in the back of my mind that I should do an album of some of those tunes at some point".
As with One Quiet Night, Metheny recorded the songs on What's It All About late at night, in his New York City home over a short period of time. In selecting which ones to put to tape, Metheny says: "I wanted to record some of the music that was on my radar before I ever wrote a note of my own, or in a few cases, even before I played an instrument. I was born in 1954 and all of these songs were in the Top 40 during my childhood and early teen years. It was a period when harmony and melody were still important and viable elements in popular music. Every one of these tunes has something going on that is just hip on a musical level, no matter how you cut it. They have all stuck with me over the years".
Most of the record was made using the acoustic baritone guitar, with three exceptions: Paul Simon's "The Sound of Silence" is played on a 42-string custom made "Pikasso" guitar, Bob Spickard and Brian Carman's "Pipeline" is played on a six-string, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "And I Love Her" is played on a nylon string guitar.
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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.
I play this LP for friends to let them hear what actual music is supposed to sound like.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very moody instrumental covers of old classics, good for relaxing late at night.Published 18 days ago by Robert Shuler
I had owned this CD for years and somehow never really gave it a good listen. Pulled it out of my CDs to play and fell in love. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Karen
Well played versions of songs from the 60's and 70's in arrangements that shed new light on the beauty of the originals.Published 4 months ago by Thomas Best
I can see why Metheny chose this title. One track -- Alfie -- stands out. One of the most moving covers of Alfie I've ever heard. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Frito-Lay
Beautiful! I'm a corporate recruiter so I look at a lot of resumes all day long. This album is so beautiful and peaceful while doing my mundane work.Published 7 months ago by Kelly Smith
With "What's It All About" Metheny takes on songs we all know by heart. In the way he hints at the melodies, offering subtle changes and giving you just enough that your... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Todd Warnke