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  • Audio CD (11 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B008HFWF3U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Based on a childhood fascination with his grandfather’s player piano, 19 time Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny, commissioned and built The Orchestrion, a mechanically controlled mini-orchestra capable of responding to his touch on the guitar. This innovative project brought about a completely unique approach to solo performance. The collaboration between this master guitarist and his wildest imagination in The Orchestrion Project showcases Metheny single-handedly operating this symphony of instruments in one illustrious treat for the senses. The Orchestrion Project was filmed by Grammy and Emmy Award winning directors Pierre and François Lamoureux at the former St. Elias Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in November 2010. It features Pat Metheny on guitar performing The Orchestrion Suite as well as other tracks from across Metheny’s prolific career.

BBC Review

Pat Metheny has been working with the Orchestrion for some while now, along with a team of technicians, instrument makers and programmers. It's an automated orchestra, controllable from Metheny’s guitar, allowing him a degree of autocracy he probably couldn't get otherwise.

The Orchestrion is comprised of custom-made or modified instruments played by an assortment of computer-controlled hammers, magnets, beaters, bellows and so on. It’s like a giant player piano, or a fairground organ.

This live set was recorded without an audience during a world tour. It contains the suite of five pieces Metheny wrote for the Orchestrion studio album, plus some old favourites from his back catalogue.

The specially written pieces are superficially similar to much of his output from the last decade. They are complex, intricately constructed but somehow undemanding fusions of Brazilian music, rock, jazz and minimalism.

While there's plenty to tickle the ear, there's inevitably quite a mechanistic if not synthetic flavour to the proceedings. This can become increasingly wearing, something the constantly shifting textures can't mask.

However, the lack of heart in the backing does serve to highlight the warmth and expressiveness of Metheny's guitar work, which is predictably flawless throughout.

The "Orchestrionised" versions of the older pieces are a mixed bag. The otherwise lovely Unity Village is blighted by an intrusively metronomic percussion part.

But the stripped-back Sueño con Mexico and the mournful Tell Her You Saw Me are much more effective, bringing out some of the guitarist's most lyrical playing.

The slightly chaotic medley of 80/81 and Ornette Coleman's Broadway Blues hints at where things might have gone had Metheny been a bit more adventurous and explored the particular qualities of the Orchestrion rather than using it as a glorified karaoke machine.

The two improvisations feel like demonstration recordings rather than genuine explorations, though it's there that the instrument probably has most potential.

The Orchestrion is impressive when seen in action. But Metheny’s use of it here delivers a pale, expensive shadow of what a real band can achieve. The project doesn’t feel like it has longevity, and this release is for the hardcore only.

--Peter Marsh

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Although being a big Pat fan, I was not totally convinced by the original Orchestrion release (see my review back then) that I found somehow flat and cold. Well, I gave this amazing musical project a second opportunity and this time I found the results much more engaging, music comes out more natural and unrestrained, more space for improvisation, more dynamic rhythms. Even if some of the improvements are subtle, in my opinion the overall listening experience is more satisfying.
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Im sorry to say but was a little dissapointed with ( TOP) carrying on from the Orchestrion Part 1, TOP is mainly covering old material but with pre-programmed instruments behind him apart from his guitar the rest lacked any heart&soul basically bland listening.If by any miracle P.M is reading this go back to your real strengths latin sounds with fantastic singers brilliant arrangements.At the end of the day you cant beat a good musician who has improvisation at the core of any body of work.
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Not new to Pat - have everything and been a fan since the 90s - but first time compelled to write a review. The original Orchestrion CD felt a little dry and so it was inevitable that one over analysed the 'orchestrion' and missed that actually it was a great set of songs and Pat's playing is as wonderful as always. This is very different, there is a certain relaxed warmth and rolling swing to the proceedings. It is not Orchestrion vol 2 but a really different experience. Both discs as are great - even the improv stuff get's into a real groove - but for me the second disc is really where its at. All amazing - to have him create the canvas and the painting, it's ALL Pat Metheny! Sometimes its good to have a Pat track which it's great to close the doors, close the windows and turn it up. To me Spirit of the Air is the best example of where the orchestrion really works - the base line is repetitive but built into the fabric of the song which gives it an extra dimension. I predict this will go down as a Pat Metheny classic and it will define the orchestrion period. LOUD!
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This is a double CD with the "Orchestrion" suite replayed and added to on the 2nd CD. I like it and I'm pleased I bought it, even though I bought the original in 2010.
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I have been a fan of Pat Metheny for 30 years. In my opinion he is a genius; however, this Project is boring and uninspiring. I fast-forwarded through the tracks one by one as none of them grasped my attention. I will probably give it away or put it in the recycle box. What a waste of 14 quid.
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