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The year 2013 has been a banner one for Pat Metheny. After being awarded his 20th Grammy, for Unity Band, and the release of his critically acclaimed recording of Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20, Metheny received word that the readers of DownBeat magazine had voted to induct him into its Hall of Fame. Not only is Metheny the youngest member, but he is also only the fourth jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Pat Metheny Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000025G7K
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gord on 14 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
The dropping of a box of spanners onto a hard floor? Yes, it's a good description. I cant believe this is Pat Metheny, it could be a monkey at the zoo throwing a guitar and amp around his cage for all the noise created here. It simply isnt anything to do with Jazz or experimental in the musical sense - putting on some Derek Bailey/Evan Parker after this dreadful noise is like the sound of Mozart. Honestly, I think someone is having a laugh at our expense here. It's just a horrible, horrible noise!!!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bad Horsey on 4 Oct. 2002
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Blimey. Having just picked up a used copy of this on Amazon, I can see why the previous owners were so keen to get rid of it. If you equate Jazz with subtle, drifty background music for dinner parties, Zero Tolerance For Silence will change your mind for ever.
Eschewing such worn-out concepts as other musicians or and actual band, Metheny opted to use nothing but guitars for his magnum opus. Except that, rather than them, he hit them. Over and over and over. At least, that's what it sounds like. "Challenging" is one word for it, although "bloody demented" may be a better phrase.
Disappointingly, Part 4 has a vaguely discernable melody, but the rest of the album sounds like a shopping trolley full of spanners being dropped down a lift shaft.
In short, it's absolutely wonderful, and a guaranteed conversation stopper. Beg, borrow or steal a copy.
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I once read that Pat Metheny said of this album it was what he wanted to say at the time.

A musician who has always experimented, from the early days of his ECM output to the incredible “orchestrion” project, and the weird and wonderful guitars and sounds he has invented and created. Of course, when you are a top selling recording artist with a following, you probably feel obliged to produce the kind of music your following might like to hear, or you might be a slave to a record label in order to shift units.

Anyone with creative intelligence would naturally be inclined to push boundaries from time to time. I think that if you can understand why Pat Metheny might make an album like this, then you can appreciate it for what it is.

I detect a strong blues / rock influence in this album. Part I is a relentless sea of electric guitar fuzz. Acoustic guitar comes into play in “Part V”. It does have melody – in “Part II” for example. Part IV is verging on Deep Purple territory. If you want to hear Metheny do ‘Black Knight’ (well, kind of), this is definmitely one to pick up!
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Now, don't get me wrong. For many years I've been a champion of Don van Vliet's masterpiece of atonal rock/blues/jazz, Trout Mask Replica. I've also enjoyed Pat Metheny many times, live and recorded.

This is a shock to the system. I've given it a fair hearing now and while I came round to Beefheart in the end through it's wit, this one has never been more than a bad headache.

Sorry Pat, I'd have given this two or three stars if it were by anybody else, but you of all people should know better.
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