The premise here was that Pat Metheny would write and record solo compositions using a single baritone guitar tuned to one specific tuning, abandoning his trademark multi-textural approach.

The premise here was that Pat Metheny would write and record solo compositions using a single baritone guitar tuned to one specific tuning, abandoning his trademark multi-textural approach. While this amounts to tying one proverbial hand behind his back, the limitations have invigorated Metheny, as seen in his meditative improvisations and two new compositions, "Song for the Boys" and "Over on 4th Street." While the sound of a single instrument lends a sameness to the overall project, the individual pieces are as compelling as anything in the guitarist's catalog. This one is for the hardcore rather than the casual Metheny fan, but it is unlikely they will be disappointed.—SG