What's It All About (Pat Metheny album)

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What's It All About
Studio album by Pat Metheny
Released June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)
Recorded February 2011
Genre Jazz, folk jazz
Length 55:50
Label Nonesuch
Producer Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
What's It All About
Unity Band
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz [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]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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" Lennon–McCartney 4:22
Bonus Track for Digital download and LP
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "'Round Midnight" Thelonious Monk 6:37
Bonus Track for LP
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "This Nearly Was Mine" Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II 4:29


  • Pat Metheny – solo baritone guitar, 42-string guitar (track 1), 6-string guitar (track 4), nylon-string guitar (track 10)


Chart (2011) Peak
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard 200[3] 125


  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. ^ a b "What's It All About - Pat Metheny". Allmusic. Retrieved September 21, 2011.