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5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous, 4 April 2004
This review is from: One Quiet Night (Audio CD)
Ideal late night listening ! Great music to accompany a glass of wine !! Get a grip, man !!!
This was essentially a couple of rehersal tracks augmented by a handful of well-known tunes that was released to demonstrate the sonorities of his new baritone guitar, as well as an opportunity to employ some unfamiliar tunings on his instrument. Unfortunately for other guitarists, what may appear to be a bit of practice for Mr. Metheny has effectively thrown down the gauntlet to his fellow instrumentalists. Having tried to learn jazz piano for a few years with little success,I have whetted my apetite for re-harmonising standards. From what meagre knowledge I have acquired, I would suggest that there are very few musicians who have "ears" as good as this remarkable musician. (Mike Brcker & Herbie Hancock spring to mind as examples.) I suggest that listeners start with the Norah Jones' cover that uses some amazing modulations. Put simply, Metheny is a harmonic genius. On top of this , you then have to consider his phenominal technique. I would imagine that musicians would get alot out of this record - certainly I am discovering new things each time it visits my CD player. Better musicians that me would be able to explain what exactly is going on on this album.It would make fascinating listening to have this music properly explained.
The success of Pat Metheny is due to the fact that he has given technically very advanced ideas the accessibility of pop music. "One quiet night" should not be considered muzak to be played in the background anymore than Bach. Whilst it is true that the music is very approachable, this CD represents a window into the private world of one of today's truly great musicians. This is a record that will be treasured by future generations of both jazz and guitar fans.
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