Recorded between November 2001 & January 2003. Includes liner notes by Pat Metheny.
ONE QUIET NIGHT won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.
Personnel: Pat Metheny (baritone guitar).
Audio Mixer: Rob Eaton.
Liner Note Author: Pat Metheny.
Recording information: New York, NY (11/24/2001/01/??/2003).
Over the years, progressive jazz guitarist Pat Metheny has covered a lot of ground, from Brazilian-inflected world jazz to gentle, ambient soundscapes to fiery, avant-garde experimentation. So it should come as no surprise that his eclectic muse has led him on ONE QUIET NIGHT to a new sonic neighborhood. The album is just Metheny alone with a baritone acoustic guitar--no band, no overdubs, no production, just a man and his musical gift with nothing to get in the way.
Accordingly, this is probably the most intimate, personal statement Metheny has made to date. Most of the songs are his own, but he branches out a bit as well, taking on the hit song that Jesse Harris penned for Norah Jones ("Don't Know Why") as well as a chestnut from the catalogue of pianist Keith Jarrett ("My Song"). Whatever the framework, he works his unique brand of subtle-but-intense, emotive-but-intellectual magic on these tunes. His touch, his tone, and his taste are what come out most clearly here, proving why he's widely regarded as one of the most skilled guitarists of his generation.
Uncut (8/03, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Anyone who enjoys acoustic guitar excursions in reflective mood will be drawn to this album..."
JazzTimes (8/03, p.121) - "Guitarist Pat Metheny constantly seeks fresh ways of expressing himself and reconfiguring his music....It's as lush, serene and evocative as early albums....Arguably his most personalized recording this far in a distinguished career..."