January 22, 2021

Summer Sounds from CM: Soothing Summer Nights with Pat Metheny


Guitar (I Love Eva) – detail, Picasso

One of my favorite musicians is Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist extraordinaire. I especially like his work with his band, Pat Metheny Group. In previous posts I have listed their 1987 album, Still Life (Talking) as one of my top five records of all time. In addition to his regular colleagues and collaborations with other musicians, Metheny has put out a couple of solo acoustic albums that are perfect for quiet summer evenings.

The most recent record, What’s It All About, is his first cover album. It consists of soothing solo guitar arrangements of classic pop songs, mostly from the 1960’s, all of which hold personal meaning for the musician. Of course, a record like this would have to include a Beatles’ tune. So today’s video features Pat Metheny’s take on “And I Love Her.”

Just right for sitting under the stars, sipping a glass of wine, breathing deeply and taking in the night.



  1. Ah, CM – I *knew* we shared a taste for things other than purely spiritual. I’m a guitarist who has been listening to Pat since his earliest work. This Beatles tune – yet another of my all time favorite bands as well as tunes? Excellent!

  2. Dan from Georgia says

    ” jazz guitarist extraordinaire” – after seeing Pat in concert a few years back playing his Pikasso Guitar, that is quite an understatement!

  3. David Logsdon says

    Chaplain Mike – What are your other favorite albums of all time? Does Pat have any albums that are more up beat?

  4. First time I heard him play was on Joshua Redman’s first tour to Seattle. I think Christian McBride was with them. Unforgettable!

  5. LOVE me some Metheney. “Have You Heard” is one of my favorites, and I did “James” for my senior recital. His music never fails to lift you up. Jazz is the ultimate cure for the blues.

    • “James” is my all-time favorite Metheny tune.

      • Robert F says

        I attended my first Metheny performance circa 1978 as an undergrad at Michigan State University in a small dormitory venue (that the dorm managers called a kiva); he was phenomenal then, and he’s phenomenal now. Not only is he a master musician, but he continues to be a student and apprentice musician as well, which is true of all real masters of any art.

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