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FLATPICKTODAY
Apr 03 2013
at 1:59 PM
I listened to this the other night closely on headphones. I heard, clearly, the entire Metheny group sound, the singing, the background lines, the melodies. EVERYTHING is there, with this one person sitting alone strumming a guitar with no overdubs. Tell me, how is this possible? Is Pat’s conception of sound and music so powerful that he can impose it on any situation?
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bluepno
Apr 11 2013
at 8:26 AM
Bookmark and Share Perfectly expressed sunship..now that explains the Coltrane tag.
sunship
Apr 09 2013
at 9:06 AM
Bookmark and Share I think a wonderful guitar or piano produces harmonics that actually let us hear more than we are actually playing. Even for myself, when I play a really good acoustic, there are so many overtones coming from that soundhole, even though I may be playing just 3 strings at once. We know Linda makes some of the best acoustics on the planet, so it does not surprise me at all that we are hearing so much on the "One Quiet Night" recording. The production on that album is one for the ages, it is remarkable that he recorded it at home, there are so many details.
fredsimon
Apr 08 2013
at 9:43 PM
Bookmark and Share FLATPICKTODAY, as far as the weed is concerned, it was 1969 or so ... you do the math and I’ll take the 5th.
fredsimon
Apr 08 2013
at 9:30 PM
Bookmark and Share BobSmith, I know that James has used a reel-to-reel deck for background vocals on Shower the People off and on since as early as 1976, and have heard him do so myself, but the concert I’m referring to was earlier, sometime between 1969 and 1971, and he was playing mostly songs from his first album at the time, the eponymously titled record on The Beatles’ Apple label (a wonderful and woefully under-appreciated album, one of my all-time favorites). It had brief string quartet interludes between songs (some also had harp, harpsichord, woodwinds, etc.), and also accompanied James on a few songs, such as the beautiful Sunshine, Sunshine. I’m pretty sure that was the song I heard with its string accompaniment, but no strings (or tape deck) in sight.
FLATPICKTODAY
Apr 08 2013
at 9:16 AM
Bookmark and Share Fred, I think then maybe it was you who using the weed! What I am hearing is something that is really particular to this song, even as someone who is familiar with lots of guitar playing and music (including the excellent fingerpicking Mr. Taylor), I have never heard anything like this. In fact this whole recording One Quiet Night seems to be full of a kind of implied orchestration that on technical terms must have to do with the unusual method of tuning and the extended range of the Baritone instrument. But the real focus for me is on the musicianship and conception that could create such a thing.
BobSmith
Apr 07 2013
at 10:46 AM
Bookmark and Share Fred--Didn’t JT travel with a reel-to-reel in those days to fill in the songs?--Early 70’s. I seem to recall a friend mentioning this having seen one of his concerts back in the day. You might notta been hearing things!
fredsimon
Apr 07 2013
at 1:41 AM
Bookmark and Share Actually, FLATPICKTODAY, I didn’t mean Pat, I meant you! But I was just teasing ... all in good fun. Although I will say that when I was 17 I was at a James Taylor concert, just him and his guitar, but I heard a string quartet playing with him.
FLATPICKTODAY
Apr 05 2013
at 1:55 PM
Bookmark and Share From what I understand, Metheny does not use any drugs or alcohol so I don’t think that is it. I think it is simply that his conception of music is so strong that he can impose or conjure it in any situation or any context. To me that is also his genius.
fredsimon
Apr 03 2013
at 7:18 PM
Bookmark and Share "Tell me, how is this possible?" ... lots of good weed. (insert emoticon here)
Arlie
Apr 03 2013
at 2:22 PM
Bookmark and Share I always like to listen to "So Much Magic Everywhere" from the Mehldau Quartet CD and "Make Peace" from Metheny/Mehldau after "Song for the Boys", along with the first three tracks from "Map of the World" and "My Song" from "One Quiet Night". And that leads me into the last two tracks from the Orchestrion CD, "Soul Search" and "Spirit of the Air". From there, "September Fifteenth" and "Ozark" from AFWSFWF. And it goes on from there....
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