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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.
designed and built baritone guitar from Canada. Upon first listening, I thought it might consist of melodic, fairly standard versions of some of his favorite tunes. I should've known
better. After all this IS Pat Metheny material. The overall "sound" , of course harkens back to "One Quiet Night", although the songs are more recognizable. I listened to this CD on
a pair of Sennheiser HD590's. Although, with fine speakers you'll probably attain a superb listening experience, you may miss the "intimacy" of phones. And on this superb recording,
that could, indeed, make a difference.
I believe that Mr. Metheny has spent the better part of his life perfecting his technique on the guitar, both acoustic and electric, that it has nearly reached it's culmination.
Listen to both "Cherish" and "Rainy Days and Mondays", to appreciate the complex technicality of his playing, mixed with the absolutely unbelievable touch he commands with both hands.
The chording and fingering techniques are almost unparalleled. Even accomplished and professional guitarists are left in awe, after listening...or seeing a live performance.
This is one guy playing one guitar, folks. No overdubs. Just pure musicianship, par excellance. This is pretty a much sunset on the pier, or around a campfire music, very romantic like
"OQN" mentioned above. But it deserves critical listening first.....then ultimate, relaxed enjoyment on future listenings. The instruments are truly an extension of the player where
Pat Metheny is concerned. Enjoy!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The music from this artist has a great deal of personal, very personal experience resounding through it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katherine T. Nowacki
Very moody instrumental covers of old classics, good for relaxing late at night.Published 6 months 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 6 months 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 9 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 9 months ago by Frito-Lay