What's It All About (Pat Metheny album)

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What's It All About
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)
RecordedFebruary 2011
StudioRecorded on a single day in February 2011 in NYC, USA
GenreJazz, folk jazz
ProducerPat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
What's It All About
Unity Band
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz4/5 stars[2]

What's It All About is a solo album by jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, released by Nonesuch Records on June 14, 2011. It is Metheny's first album which does not include his own material. On February 12, 2012, What's It All About received a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.

Track listing[edit]

1."The Sound of Silence" (Paul Simon)6:33
2."Cherish" (Terry Kirkman)5:28
3."Alfie" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)7:46
4."Pipeline" (Bob Spickard, Brian Carman)3:28
5."Garota de Ipanema" (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes)5:12
6."Rainy Days and Mondays" (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams)7:12
7."That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" (Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman)6:03
8."Slow Hot Wind" (Henry Mancini, Norman Gimbel)4:28
9."Betcha by Golly, Wow" (Thom Bell, Linda Creed)5:18
10."And I Love Her" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)4:22
Total length:54:30
Bonus track on LP and digital download
11."'Round Midnight" (Thelonious Monk)6:37
Bonus track on LP
12."This Nearly Was Mine" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)4:29



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Poland (ZPAV)[3] Gold 50,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone



Chart (2011) Peak
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[4] 1
US Billboard 200[4] 125


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Title Category
2012 Pat Metheny What's It All About Grammy Award for Best New Age Album


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. Pat Metheny: What's It All About > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Georgievski, Nenad (9 October 2011). "Pat Metheny: What's It All About". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Polish album certifications – Pat Metheny Group – Imaginary Day" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  4. ^ a b "What's It All About - Pat Metheny". Allmusic. Retrieved September 21, 2011.