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25 Jan. 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 22 Jan. 2010
  • Release Date: 25 Jan. 2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2009 Nonesuch Records
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  • Total Length: 51:51
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  • ASIN: B0035M826Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,541 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2010
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If you were to close your eyes when unwrapping this CD and start playing it without looking at its cover (or being aware of the story behind it) you'd think it was "just" another Pat Metheny record: the characteristic creamy guitar tone, strong sense of melody, knotty changes and detailed textures created by the subtle overlaying of dozens of instruments are all present and correct. If you were then to pick up the cover, you'd see all those instruments spread out across a room, though you might miss the crouching figure of Metheny down in the corner. Reading the credits, you'd realize that he's the only musician on this record, making this the solo date to end them all.

Details about the technology that he's used to trigger the sounds the instruments create - starting with a note played on his guitar and ending with a tapped cymbal, or a strummed guitar, or a mallet hitting a marimba, or air being blown across a bottle half-filled with water - are available in the sleeve notes, or his website. In this age of overdubbing and the accurate computer synthesis of musical sounds, some of this information can appear irrelevant and, of course, in the end, you come back to the music, less concerned with how it's made than what it sounds like. And it sounds good: exciting, inventive, lyrical, detailed and pleasant. It's still early days listening to it, but already I'm fond of the intricate melody and stop-start changes of "Expansion", and the way in which "Spirit Of The Air" lays a catchy tune on top of an driving, insistent pulse - similar to "Cathedral In A Suitcase" from Secret Story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. K. Jakubczyk on 4 Nov. 2010
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Every once in a while Pat comes up with a record that confirms his status as a musical visionary. This, his latest record, serves as yet another example of his talent and foresight.

Just like a number of other customers I wasn't too hopeful about the overall concept - the conceit of an automated orchestra feels like a gimmick (or a comprehensive spending review, as one of my colleagues suggested) but is far from being the case. Even a casual listener will have his or her mind boggled by the detail of music present within this record. The very idea that it has been 'assembled' rather than performed (by live musicians) appears impossible. In that respect I totally agree with the recent BBC Music magazine review, which states that far from sounding mechanical, this is in reality one of the warmest and most human of Pat's recent recordings. For me the title track is Pat's finest (opening track) since 'A night away' (from Quartet). Highly recommended.

As a postscript; I foolishly turned down my wife's offer of seeing the pieces performed (at the Barbican) earlier this year. I'm going to regret that decision for some time to come.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By zargb5 on 28 Jan. 2010
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I won't go into any detail about the actual orchestrion itself. Other reviewers have done that very well and there are many links on youtube and Mr Metheny's website which explain and show how it works. Make no mistake though the orchestrion is a major progressive development technologically over the older versions and the player piano.

The orchestrion sounds uncannily like a group of musicians (that is how convincing this new invention is) It does sound somewhat different to Pat's varying ensembles but there are complex interactions going on on the macro scale as well as the micro scale of the music.
In a sense this is a kind of follow up to the old album 'new Chautauqua' On that album pat tried to use the studio as an instrument with overdubbed guitars etc to build up the songs. On that album probably due to the technology available and restricted studio time he came away with a very listenable album whose sparseness was highly appealing. On Orchestrion he is afforded a broader, richer pallette to work from and 20 odd years more musical experience.

The Orchestrion is a machine which has been humanised (or gives the illusion of such) It is a very tight but flexible sounding 'ensemble'all under the control of Mr Metheny.

I felt a little underwhelmed on first listen but several plays later this album really begins to grow in the memory. There are a lot of very complex things going on in this music, structurally, rhythmically and melodically & Pat plays some wonderful melodic solos over all of this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean P. Browne on 10 May 2010
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This is Pat Metheny's latest solo work and probably his most interesting since New Chautauqua but technology has advanced since that early album.
The album was apparently inspired from Metheny playing around with hig Grandads player piano when he was a child. The original orchestrations were mechanically played mini orchestras from the 1800's based around the piano Metheny has taken it a step further.
This huge machine dwarfs him on stage with all its custom made instuments which Metheny controls though his guitar via solenoids and a MIDI.
The 15 minute title track is pure upbeat Metheny with a slighty folky overtures but works very well as a piece and to listen to it you would not guess the majority of the instrumentation was a machine with Metheny playing over the top.
The more insular pieces Entry point and Soul search don't work as well,like a drum machine on a west coast Jazz album from the mid nineties the music misses that human touch.
If you were not aware of the creativity and ingenuity of this modern master you would ask why he bothered? His fans allow him his indulgence albums simply for those sublime moments that few modern Jazz masters have matched.
To be effective you need to see the piece performed live,when I saw him perform it recently in London the Orchestration machine broke down! As Metheny said at the time his worst nightmare. Myself and many others in the audience were secretly relieved as he then performed a lovely solo set of vintage material. Not a Metheny classic but real officianados of the man fans will not be disappointed.
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