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Format: CD
Sku: 246549690
UPC: 075597961133
UPC 14: 00075597961133
Release Date: 2/12/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Improvisation, Pt. 1 ~ Pat Metheny
2. Antonia ~ Pat Metheny
3. Entry Point ~ Pat Metheny
4. Expansion ~ Pat Metheny
5. Improvisation, Pt. 2 ~ Pat Metheny
6. 80/81-Broadway Blues ~ Pat Metheny
7. Orchestrion ~ Pat Metheny
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Soul Search ~ Pat Metheny
2. Spirit of the Air ~ Pat Metheny
3. Stranger in Town ~ Pat Metheny
4. Sueno con Mexico ~ Pat Metheny
5. Tell Her You Saw Me ~ Pat Metheny
6. Unity Village ~ Pat Metheny

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Pat Metheny (guitar, piano, vibraphone, marimba, drums, cymbals, percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Pete Karam.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Pat Metheny; Robert Hurwitz.
Muze PNote Recording information: St. Elias Church, Brooklyn, NY.
Muze PNote Photographer: Luc Bourgeois.
Muze PNote Arranger: Pat Metheny.
Muze PNote The "Orchestrion" was a 19th century hybrid musical instrument that usually contained a wind orchestra, various percussion instruments, and sometimes a piano played by a pinned cylinder or a music roll. Pat Metheny designed and played his own version of one -- thanks to a commissioned group of inventors, advanced solenoid switch technology, and pneumatics -- on the 2010 album Orchestrion. The guitarist's version combined organic instruments -- various pianos, basses, rows of tuned bottles, bells, cymbals, and other percussion, with digital technology -- guitarbots (including one modeled on Paolo Angeli's guitar), switches, and more. The Orchestrion Project was recorded following Metheny's world tour with the instrument, wherein he discovered more about the instrument and its capabilities for group interplay in a solo setting. This was recorded in the same vacant church space as the original; it features the tour itinerary, tune for tune. Metheny played each selection several times and kept the best takes. This double disc contains four substantially revised versions of Orchestrion numbers and two new improvisations -- in particular the extended "Improvisation #2," with its layers of electric guitars, basslines, bells, and percussion including staggered marimbas that weave counter-melodic lines around the guitar vamps. The blown bottle sounds actually sound like flutes. In addition are several catalog items rearranged for the instrument: there are gorgeous readings of "Antonia" and "Tell Her You Saw Me" from Secret Story, a short version of Ornette Coleman's "Broadway Blues," a "drum'n'bass" take on We Live Here's "Stranger in Town," and a sparse "Unity Village" from Bright Size Life. This last cut is introduced by a long, knotty, boppish guitar solo that eventually unfolds into the more elegant and flowing narrative we know -- though without the rhythmic invention that Bob Moses and Jaco Pastorius brought to the original. In fact, Metheny deliberately keeps the tempo fixed in the accompanied section, as if to acknowledge that these players cannot be replaced; the tune becomes something other, something wholly different in this context. Other than this instance and some sparse minimal accompaniment in the bluesy "Improvisation #1," the Orchestrion as an instrument offers fluid, organic-sounding, full accompaniment and interaction. It doesn't replace a band, but it isn't meant to; instead it serves as the extension of Metheny's voice as composer, arranger, and improviser, allowing him to express on multiple levels simultaneously while playing solo. While this album's predecessor evidenced his accomplishment in the instrument's creation and operation, The Orchestrion Project reveals that Metheny's possibilities with it have only been tapped. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Pat Metheny; Steve Rodby

Engineer: David Oakes; Pete Karam

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Concord Records 30th Anniversary Box
Muze Music Compilations Pieta
Muze Music Compilations Progressions:100 Years Of Jazz Guitar
Muze Music Compilations Essential Jaco Pastorius
Muze Music Compilations Family and Friends: Rambling Boy
Muze Music Compilations Quartet Live
Muze Music Compilations Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Django Unchained (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations La Noche Mas Larga
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Life

Associated Artists and Works

Brubeck, Dave
Burton, Gary
Quartet Live ~ Burton, Gary
Coleman, Ornette
Corea, Chick
Haden, Charlie
Hall, Jim
Hancock, Herbie
Johnson, Marc (Bass)
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls ~ Mays, Lyle
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls ~ Mays, Lyle (Piano)
Metropole Orchestra
Metropole Orkest
Mitchell, Joni
Original Soundtrack
Pastorius, Jaco
Unity Band [Digipak] ~ Pat Metheny Unity Group
Kin <--> [Digipak] ~ Pat Metheny Unity Group
I Can See Your House From Here ~ Scofield, John
Wertico, Paul
Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20 ~ Zorn, John (Composer)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/11/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 531821
Music Label Name Label : Nonesuch (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075597961133

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Metheny,Pat
Product attributeLabel:   Nonesuch Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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