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thehague
Jun 15 2011
at 1:41 PM
First impressions: a truly wonderful wonderful album, hairraising guitar playing. Hard to pick a favourite, but on hearing "Cherish" and "Alfie" I shed a little tear of joy. Sentimental? I don’t care, just listen.
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-m
Aug 22 2011
at 8:41 AM
Bookmark and Share Definitely one of my favorite PM albums. There’s certainly many talents the guy brings to music but in my mind his best is his ’touch’ on guitar which to my ears is simply unsurpassed.
Dazedcat
Aug 20 2011
at 5:12 PM
Bookmark and Share My continued playing of this fine vinly LP release has me convinced this one of Metheny’s finest recordings. "Round Midnight" on side four is just a remarkable listen and the last tune "This Nearly Was Mine" breaks your heart to listen to it. Incredible.
thehague
Aug 18 2011
at 6:38 AM
Bookmark and Share John, at least sueing is within legal boundaries. Looting certainly is not, anywhere. Apart from that, being sued and being looted have totally different connotations morally and ethically. Unless you live in the dark ages. Enough said.
yossarian
Aug 17 2011
at 5:13 PM
Bookmark and Share Just heard Pipeline on the radio. Killer.
john
Aug 17 2011
at 7:03 AM
Bookmark and Share Hague, you ask what kind of society. Well if you had left a pile of cds in a crucial place, someone would undoubtedly have tripped over them and immediately called a lawyer to sue for damages. Cheers John
thehague
Aug 16 2011
at 10:24 AM
Bookmark and Share John, one is inclined to go over there, leave some cd’s at crucial places and see what happens. Nevertheless, it’s a real tragedy, people looting small shops, stealing things from people who are virtually their own neighbours, "just for the hell of it". I heard such an a-hole say "I thought it was Xmas come early". I mean, what kind of society is that, damnit?
john
Aug 15 2011
at 7:17 AM
Bookmark and Share Dear Hague, if the ability to freely download music hadn’t pretty much killed off the cd and we still had local music stores, I feel sure that Pat’s recording would have been amongst the first to have been looted. Cheeers John
Dazedcat
Aug 10 2011
at 9:32 AM
Bookmark and Share Hague: I doubt very much the looters and the mobs have ever heard of Pat Metheny. Therein lies the problem....well one of many problems.
thehague
Aug 09 2011
at 3:08 PM
Bookmark and Share I´d wish the UK looters would listen to this record. And feel and understand it.
Szaniszlo
Aug 08 2011
at 9:51 AM
Bookmark and Share God bless you for bringing so much beauty to this earth.
PM1986
Aug 03 2011
at 9:27 AM
Bookmark and Share Started playing What’s It All About for the first time at around 15:15 BST. OMG! I can’t believe how simplicity can be so amazing. The man with the guitar might just have something to do with it, of course. Genius!
HAMBONE
Aug 01 2011
at 8:25 AM
Bookmark and Share It is a soft album, but I was playing it to be heard outdoors for a dinner on the deck. So it was loud and soft, if that’s possible!
hman01
Jul 30 2011
at 9:23 PM
Bookmark and Share I guess a loud Letter From Home would have a lot of exclamation points to punctuate the text,which would perhaps be printed all in capital letters!
fendweller
Jul 29 2011
at 7:16 AM
Bookmark and Share Hambone - did you have to crank the volume though? I recall LFH being seriously soft.
HAMBONE
Jul 27 2011
at 11:46 AM
Bookmark and Share I just broke out my old vinyl copy of Letter from Home on Sunday and blasted it. Even with all the newer technology,there’s still nothing like the sound of a clean album through a good sound system.
thehague
Jul 27 2011
at 5:54 AM
Bookmark and Share It just dawned upon me: "What’s it all about" is just the right album for our time, a musical philosophy re indeed to "what it’s all about". It’s no surprise that this album comes from the same musician who co-wrote, recorded and performed The Way Up. We need this kind of music in our time. Something to be thankful for.
Dazedcat
Jul 26 2011
at 7:33 PM
Bookmark and Share S: I went to a website called needledoctor.com and purchased a Denon turntable with an Ortofon cartridge. It was a package deal, both for $419.00 American. It gives me the sound very similar to my old turntable/cartridge setup that I had years ago. I highly recommend this. It’s the Denon DP300F turntable specifically: http://tinyurl.com/3ow58ch
s in Boston
Jul 26 2011
at 1:09 PM
Bookmark and Share Dazed, I also meant to say - I think the extra tracks were probably left off the CD because of some agreement with iTunes to provide bonus tracks. Sort of like "Whatnot" from Day Trip - that was either an iTunes bonus, or a download-only bonus from Nonesuch if you pre-ordered the CD direct from them, I forget which. As Pat pointed out at a show in Boston, it’s weird but that’s how it is now. You get different tracks depending on where and when you purchase. And then it seems whoever controls distribution in Japan always insists on a special bonus track just for the Japanese market.
s in Boston
Jul 26 2011
at 1:00 PM
Bookmark and Share Dazed, where did you get your new turntable? Thinking about taking the trip back in time myself.
thehague
Jul 24 2011
at 9:04 AM
Bookmark and Share Will consider, Dazed. It does sound (pun intended) tempting. My wife will not be pleased, considering the amount of space I already take in the house for music and books (not being her music and her books, as we don’t have the same taste for music & literature) :-(.
Dazedcat
Jul 24 2011
at 1:34 AM
Bookmark and Share Hague: I did the same, saved a couple boxes worth of the most cherished and sold off the rest. Bad mistake. I just purchased a new turntable though. Vinyl today is very well made and the sound is analog glorious. If you can, get back into it. It’s not too late.
thehague
Jul 23 2011
at 10:19 AM
Bookmark and Share Why for f’s sake did I ever give up vinyl? I heard the LP’s today and apart from presenting the two extra tracks, the dynamics are so much better compared to the CD.
Dazedcat
Jul 21 2011
at 1:52 PM
Bookmark and Share Having just purchased the double vinyl LP of this, I can’t for the life of me figure out why "Round Midnight" was left off the CD version. Seriously, it’s not a throw away and it’s every bit as good as anything else found on this record. I’m confused here.
chetweir
Jul 16 2011
at 10:42 AM
Bookmark and Share Yeah Tom....it has grown on me as did OQN although their both kinda Sunday morning records for me. I hope Metheny uses all his tools on the next solo joint instead of just one........solo>20/21 maybe?
eric
Jul 16 2011
at 7:47 AM
Bookmark and Share With headphones, at my drums, with brushes, playing along really lets me feel the subtlety of Pat’s phrasing, and the music breathes in a relaxed and very focused way. Ahhh ... this is a quiet story. Have you read his comments about playing these songs after soundcheck? When I perform, this is a special time, in a "game head" where I want to stay in the zone, be deep in the music before the set... Be relaxed, and focusing. This is Pat sharing that personal place IMHO. Thanks for letting us in, Pat.
hman01
Jul 15 2011
at 4:17 PM
Bookmark and Share Oops! In my last post,the song I meant to mention as one of my favorites on WIAA was "And I Love Her",not "All My Love".
hman01
Jul 15 2011
at 4:09 PM
Bookmark and Share My favorites on this recording are "Cherish" and "All My Love".I like it that Pats’ takes on each song are so original.What struck me about "Pipeline" and "The Girl from Ipanema" is that I hear parts of the melody,but I never hear the melody all the way through on those songs.They come across to me more as variations of those songs.While I find "Pipeline" easy to listen to,"The Girl from Ipanema" is more challenging to me.
HAMBONE
Jul 14 2011
at 12:38 PM
Bookmark and Share First listen reaction is it’s a great background cd for dinner, but I won’t be playing it while I travel or exercise. As far as comparison to Pat’s other solo work, I’d take OQN or NC over it although I do like the selections he chose to interpret. Being close to Pat’s age helps a bit with identifying to nostalgic numbers like these.
Tom Rudd
Jul 14 2011
at 9:10 AM
Bookmark and Share Sorry to hear that Pee Wee, especially since this is an old fashioned collection of tunes. Give it a few more listens. Sometimes mellow CD’s such as this grow on you.
naut
Jul 14 2011
at 4:37 AM
Bookmark and Share Thanks for the suggestions folks. I’m aware of others doing this era’s music, but don’t know of another solo artist devoting a whole album to this generation.
fredsimon
Jul 09 2011
at 3:02 PM
Bookmark and Share naut, I’d recommend Brad Mehldau and Larry Goldings for starters. Mehldau has been covering Beatles, Paul Simon, Radiohead, Nick Drake, for many years. Goldings just released a fantastic solo album titled In My Room (the Brian Wilson song), also Here There and Everywhere, a Joni Mitchell song, and others.
john
Jul 09 2011
at 7:40 AM
Bookmark and Share naut, have a look/listen at Ramsey Lewis. I caught him live last week and he played 2 covers - Betcha by Golly Wow and Here There and Everywhere. Creative interpretations in every sense. Cheers John
naut
Jul 09 2011
at 12:16 AM
Bookmark and Share Educate me, please. Can anyone name another solo artist who has interpreted the music of this generation as creatively as Pat has? I would really like to know, because nothing comes to mind. He’s really given a gift to us middle-agers, especially, and to anyone else who likes great playing. (It’s still hard to believe that’s only 1 guitar on "Alfie".)
Nissen67
Jul 08 2011
at 8:55 PM
Bookmark and Share A masterful recording. And addicting. It has not left my player since I got it. There is so much going on beneath the quiet surface. And the performance of "Alfie" will be remembered as one of the great moments of Metheny’s career. And that is not to mention the surprise of this record, the surprise of Orchestrion and the way the two are back to back. There is no other modern artist out there that has that kind of range of creativity. But more than that, it is just damn great music.
PeeWee
Jul 08 2011
at 2:37 PM
Bookmark and Share Sorry, but I’m sad to say this record doesn’t do much for me. Guess I’m too old-fashioned.
PeeWee
Jul 06 2011
at 9:28 PM
Bookmark and Share My band used to play "Pipeline" when I was in Jr. High School...that’s going back a ways...
thehague
Jul 06 2011
at 8:54 AM
Bookmark and Share I too did the same as flugeler. Amazing to hear that Pat added so much to the originals, even more so considering these are all near perfect examples of pop music.
mugsy
Jul 05 2011
at 12:55 PM
Bookmark and Share Hey flugeler, I liked your idea so much, that I did the same. Last night, we took a long road trip and I played it in the car. There were four of us, and the other three had no idea what I was playing - but LOVED it. It was so cool to hear the original followed by Pat’s interpretation. Thanks for the great idea!
jazzrat
Jul 01 2011
at 11:14 AM
Bookmark and Share First post here but I’m compelled to say how much I’m enjoying the new album. I bought "What’s it all about" and "One quiet night" along with the companion book at the same time. Pat’s space between the notes is as pretty as the notes. As I work through the transcriptions with the hope of understanding Pat’s harmonic and melodic sense I’m becoming even more of a fan. Just genius composition and performance.
Dazedcat
Jun 30 2011
at 12:38 PM
Bookmark and Share I keep listening to this and again, I hear a lot of musical textures. Considering this is basically an acoustic solo record I find that remarkable. I’m fixated on Pipeline!!! but that’s an entirely different issue there.
yossarian
Jun 29 2011
at 5:50 PM
Bookmark and Share You can’t beat a good bit of reharmonising and stretching the melody across a new landscape. Pat’s the best (actually Lyle is also a master of this too).
Tom Rudd
Jun 28 2011
at 7:22 AM
Bookmark and Share Nice Idea Flugeler! It certainly is a beautiful collection and rendition of all these songs played by Pat. Being the same age as Pat, born in 54, I grew up with all these songs as they came out so this cd seems extra special. I would be interested in hearing from some of the younger folks around here in the Garage. Is this CD just as good if you have not heard all of the songs before? That’s an interesting question.
flugeler
Jun 28 2011
at 12:28 AM
Bookmark and Share Here’s something you might find interesting... After I received the CD in the mail and listening through once, I went on iTunes and got the original/well known recordings of each of the songs and made a playlist with the original followed by Pat’s take on it (I had most of the stuff already - but on LP!) and found it to be a real ear opener. Even though the tunes are very familiar - at least to people my age - hearing them back to back with Pat’s interpretation really sheds light on what Pat is all about. This record could be the door that all of our friends that never quite "got" Pat can walk through and understand what we’ve been raving about all these years. With this record and Kurt Elling’s "The Gate," it’s a great year for covers! Oh - and put Pat’s podcast about the album on the end of the playlist for a real treat.
transcendentman
Jun 27 2011
at 8:24 PM
Bookmark and Share when we first heard it we went, goddamn!, then the next thought was man i got to start working on these mick goodrick and ralph towner books. only in the sense of the more avenues of communication u have the more you can say simple or complex.
METHenyaddicted
Jun 27 2011
at 1:18 PM
Bookmark and Share Gonna wade in a bit here - have to run over to the jazz festival in town. Happy for new material, happy for a new tour, happy to hear Pat play anything. But I really like OQN and I think it is better than WIAA.
djbinder
Jun 27 2011
at 9:00 AM
Bookmark and Share Kejur, first, Pat doesn’t stick solely with the baritone on the new disc - he uses the Pikasso, nylong and steel string acoustics in addition. Second, with a choice of material that’s not original, this time, it’s interpretation rather than composition, something we actually rarely get to hear him do. So while it’s by no means a groundbreaking record (and hey, nobody can keep making them, year after year, and Pat has done it more times than many), it’s certainly more than OQN part 2; it has its own concept and its own sound, even though it does absolutely fit as part of OQN’s world.
CATHY W
Jun 27 2011
at 2:11 AM
Bookmark and Share Take several songs that many are familiar with/grew up with....and still manage to put your own voice to that can cause individuals to "collapse into a heap" or "bring tears of joy"......that is a true artist who brought something "precious"...
thehague
Jun 26 2011
at 9:56 AM
Bookmark and Share Kejur, this is your honest opinion when considering the man’s tremendous output? This is your opinion after a landmark recording like Orchestion, which is still a recent album, comparing to what most other musician do? You really think Pat is touring less, considering his tour schedule over the past years? Imho it’s all unfounded criticism. Some people are never satisfied.
Dazedcat
Jun 25 2011
at 9:34 AM
Bookmark and Share Well opinions vary but I think the new record has a lot more texture than One Quiet Night had. But hey, that’s just me.
kejur
Jun 24 2011
at 10:30 PM
Bookmark and Share I really like the new album. However, this may actually be the first time that I wish it had been something else. I’m so used to Pat pushing music forward or expanding on something. If you listened to One Quiet Night and then What It’s All About right after it, there wouldn’t be any seams. I would rather have had Beyond the Missouri Sky part 2 or a collaborative effort we haven’t heard yet. Yes, I know Pat isn’t a spring chicken and he has a family. I know he doesn’t tour as much as he used to. I just really hope the next release is what I’ve been hungering for... A new Group album. Pat’s approach on the baritone is amazing, but there’s only so many albums you can make with that same sound on every song before you just can’t listen to it so often. I hope this will be the last installment of this sound. Don’t get me wrong. Pat is my musical hero and I can sing every song he’s ever done. I guess I just got so used to him pushing things forward that when he chooses to linger I need to find a way to adjust. What’s It All About is absolutely beautiful. I’ve already listened to it several time and have my favorite songs and favorite moments. I just can’t help but wonder what’s next on Pat’s "To Do" list. Ready when you are Pat :)
fredsimon
Jun 23 2011
at 12:06 AM
Bookmark and Share I really dig the album ... And I Love Her is exceptional.
thehague
Jun 22 2011
at 9:24 AM
Bookmark and Share I wish I could upload a picture :-). Must be the European pressing (Yurop can’t get it right, lol).
Dazedcat
Jun 22 2011
at 8:33 AM
Bookmark and Share -m: Dude!!!!
mugsy
Jun 22 2011
at 12:14 AM
Bookmark and Share To The Hague, You must have a collector’s item. My cover says Norman Gimbel not Normal. You might get some $$$ for that one!
-m
Jun 21 2011
at 10:37 PM
Bookmark and Share LOL DazedCat. I was tempted to respond to your post about listening to "Pipeline!!!" in a different thread. As someone who as actually surfed Pipeline many times I have to say that Pat actually captures the thrill of being in the green room. Much more than the original which didn’t, at all. So I guess Hendrix was wrong...we are hearing surf music again. And in word, it’s "Effing Awesome"!!! ;-)
naut
Jun 21 2011
at 5:11 PM
Bookmark and Share The more I listen to WIAA the more I like it. Other than the fabulous playing, I like the way Pat uses the silence between songs. Also, the sustained notes he hits at the end of songs are given full ring--no studio fades. Pretty cool.
Dazedcat
Jun 21 2011
at 8:16 AM
Bookmark and Share m: but sophomoric cliches are expected here, so let it up. Hey I admitted to collapsing twice while listening, your turn now :)
-m
Jun 20 2011
at 10:37 PM
Bookmark and Share Having giving the album a thorough listening over the weekend I have to say this is one damn fine piece of work. I’m really tempted to add a bunch of sophomoric cliches but for the benefit of my fellow AGers I’ll refrain. Besides it would only detract from the accomplishment.
thehague
Jun 19 2011
at 4:06 AM
Bookmark and Share Tokeyozi, velvetonline delivers fast!
thehague
Jun 18 2011
at 12:25 PM
Bookmark and Share Btw did anyone notice that "Normal Gimbel" (Freudian?) typo on the cover?
thehague
Jun 18 2011
at 12:19 PM
Bookmark and Share You are probably right, Bikerjazz, but it will take a lot of patience. Meanwhile WIAA is gradually unfolding its secrets and beautiful, moving moments(like any Metheny recording). Am I mistaken or do I hear several quotes from Pat’s former work and from other music? E.g. "Rainy days and mondays" holds more than that particular song, if I’m correct.
mugsy
Jun 18 2011
at 11:53 AM
Bookmark and Share I have many friends who are "into" jazz, and many like Pat’s music - but none of them unfortunately share my level of enthusiasm. Until now! So far, four of my friends have bought What’s It All About after one listen on my system. It is so beautiful. Also, after many listens, I have zeroed in on my favorite: Sounds of Silence. It is so beautifully arranged and the Pikasso just puts it on a whole new level.
Dazedcat
Jun 18 2011
at 9:21 AM
Bookmark and Share I collapsed into a heap, twice. Great record :)
tokeyozi
Jun 18 2011
at 7:48 AM
Bookmark and Share Believe me or not, but I haven’t had the time to order WIAA ... But I will, I will :)
Bikenjazz
Jun 17 2011
at 6:36 PM
Bookmark and Share For the first time since 80/81, I have not and will not pre-order until I see Pat in September. "And I love her" brought tears and joy once again, a phrasing and eloquence that only a certain spirit and soul can express.........that is I will try to wait to get the new release until I hear it all live.......it will be and excersize in self control...
fendweller
Jun 16 2011
at 4:43 PM
Bookmark and Share It worries me only a little that I haven’t already ordered it.
CATHY W
Jun 16 2011
at 3:30 PM
Bookmark and Share Wish I had the eloquence to review this new album that it deserves, but do want to say this is another masterpiece not to be missed! Every piece has something special to offer, truly exquisite!
MarcNebo
Jun 16 2011
at 11:29 AM
Bookmark and Share Great Metheny takes of classic songs. Favorite so far "Sounds of Silence" with 42 string.
mugsy
Jun 16 2011
at 11:22 AM
Bookmark and Share I agree with you Hague, it is hard to pick a favorite - but I really do like Pat’s version of The Sounds of Silence. And, the Pikasso is such a great choice for this particular song. Cherish and Alfie are beautiful as is And I love Her...They are all wonderful - as usual! Don’t want to wish the summer away, but I can’t wait to see Pat and Larry in September.
Brinklehof
Jun 16 2011
at 9:07 AM
Bookmark and Share "songsurfer" I agree whole-heartedly. "Precious" is the the word for this recording. Very intimate, very accessible. More of an unveiled view of Pat than his brilliant One Quiet Night. Really can focus on his interpretation and playing due to it being covers. A gift.
gabrielaramirezargentina
Jun 16 2011
at 8:39 AM
Bookmark and Share Fully agree. Listening to old classic hits can take us to a certain moment in our past, but listening to that same hit being reinterpreted by a monster allows the looking at that same moment from the larger, enriched, point of view of our present:)
-m
Jun 15 2011
at 10:30 PM
Bookmark and Share You guys are killing me here. My most anticipated PM album in years and I have to depend on the USPS for delivery...maybe tomorrow for me. Hope you all enjoy it in the meantime. I’ll get mine...soon I hope.
songsurfer
Jun 15 2011
at 4:17 PM
Bookmark and Share Truly outstanding! Congratulations on the release of this precious recording.
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