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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.
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.
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. Chord structures and harmonic voicings blossom like a slowly unfolding rose in sunlight.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply extraordinary. Tears every time I listen to it, remains a favorite after so many years. Beauty and creativity in a superlative sense. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Walid
An intimate experience of the art created by this strings master...Published 3 months ago by Katherine T. Nowacki
It's soft and smooth...relaxing , however, if one wanted a bit more lilt to their listening pleasure, this probably wouldn't be a good choicePublished 7 months ago by Judith Simmons
Another superb guitarist. This is one of his best albums. Wonderfully soulful and sublime.Published 9 months ago by Larry Thompson
This is all Pat with his guitar unplugged and very up close! Intimate and soulful. Deep and melancholic. Heart rending at times. This is definitely for a guitar enthusiast. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Samuel Rothchild
Same as I've said before - one of the best jazz guitarists around, in a class by himself.Published 15 months ago by RickD335