One Quiet Night - Pat Metheny May 23, 2013 20:18:44 GMT -5
Post by coolplanet on May 23, 2013 20:18:44 GMT -5
Pat Metheny -- guitars, baritone guitars, bass guitar
00:00 [05:01] One Quiet Night
05:01 [04:28] Song for the Boys
09:29 [03:07] Don't Know Why
12:36 [06:46] Another Chance
19:22 [03:14] And Time Goes On
22:36 [04:17] My Song
26:53 [06:08] Peace Memory
33:01 [03:52] Ferry Cross the Mersey
36:53 [03:34] Over on 4th Street
40:27 [07:45] I Will Find the Way
48:12 [11:59] North to South, East to West
60:11 [04:34] Last Train Home
For someone so commercially successful (at least in jazz terms), Pat Metheny takes a lot of risks. It's dificult to imagine someone like Larry Carlton hooking up with Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich or Derek Bailey, or releasing anything as scabrous as Zero Tolerance for Silence.
Though this lovely record is nowhere near as left field as some of those projects, it's miles away from the airbrushed sheen of the Pat Metheny Group. One Quiet Night finds Pat on his own with a baritone guitar (basically an acoustic guitar in an extended 'Nashville' tuning). Recorded mostly at home, solo with a single mic (the first time he's done a truly 'solo' record), it's an unsurprisingly intimate, hushed affair. There are a few covers; Keith Jarrett's 'My Song", Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why" and most suprisingly, Gerry and the Pacemakers' "Ferry Cross The Mersey'. The rest are Metheny originals; some improvised, some familiar ("Last Train Home").
The mood is reminiscent of the countrified pastoralism of the early New Chautauqua and Beyond the Missouri Sky, Pat's collaboration with bassist Charlie Haden. Like fellow guitarist Bill Frisell, there's always been a lot of country and folk in his playing, though this isn't a genre 'Americana' record in the way that some of Frisell's recent efforts have been. This is more like Chet Atkins playing Paul Bley (or maybe the other way round).
What's unique about Metheny is his simultaneous ability to keep thousands of wannabe guitarists fixed intently on each chord substitution, while actually making music that communicates and, more importantly, provokes emotional response. His reading of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" is a case in point. Subtle shifts and modulations bring out new beauties and tensions in what is essentially a pretty simple tune, while his careful deployment of the extended range of his instrument results in an almost pianistic range. Whatever, it's lovely.
Late at night, with the rain beating against the windows, this is the kind of record that can send you to bed feeling that all's right with the world. In times like these, that's no bad thing.
CP: Metheny has been my favorite guitarist since I first heard 'American Garage' back in 1980. 'One Quiet Night' won a Grammy for Best New Age Album.