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Following last year's unique solo date which saw him playing an ensemble of instruments from his guitar via the Orchestrion, Pat Metheny returns here to the musical ground he explored on 2003's One Quiet Night: solo acoustic guitar, no overdubs, recorded late at night in his home studio. Given his reputation as a prolific and skilled composer, some listeners were surprised to find a few covers (including, somewhat incongruously, "Ferry Cross The Mersey") in that set. Well, they'll be astonished at the tracklist for this record which, for the first time in his thirty-five year career, contains no original material at all.
Instead, Metheny tackles pop songs that, he says, he was enjoying before he ever wrote anything (or even, in a few cases, picked up an instrument). These include such oft-recorded chestnuts as "And I Love Her", "The Sound Of Silence" and "Alfie" (whose opening line gives the record its title). But Metheny brings his considerable talents to bear on his interpretations of these pieces, carefully drawing out the melodies and adding new harmonies in a loving homage to these timelessly memorable tunes. This is a worthy companion set to "One Quiet Night": exuding the same intimate, thoughtful atmosphere, whilst probably being more accessible, given the initial familiarity of the setlist.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2011 20:50:15 BDT
just a quick ta ! for the review...just downloaded the 'ferry across the mersey' - this looks worth getting too, thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2011 11:26:12 BDT
Jeremy Walton says:
Thanks for the thanks - glad you found it useful, and hope you enjoy the record.
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