live album by guitarist Pat Martino which was recorded in 1987 and first released on the Muse label.
Pat Martino experienced a traumatic brain event in about 1980. When he
awoke from surgery, he could not remember his parents. He no longer
could play the guitar. He had to start over. All seemed lost. (For the
details of this and more, see his autobiography, "In the Moment.")
yet, and yet... After several years of therapy and practice (often
listening to his own records) and receiving love from his parents (with
whom he stayed), Pat Martino, one of the hottest jazz guitarist on the
scene...returned to record this work.
He had performed under his
birth name, Pat Assura, several times to warm up. But this time it was
Pat Martino. I hear from knowledgeable friends that the venue was filled
to overflowing, mostly with musicians (since Pat is a musician's
musician, a guitar player's guitar player).
It was a return to
undiminished greatness. The band (acoustic bass and drums) had not
rehearsed, but knew how to weave it all together stunningly. Inspiration
overflows in every tune. The numbers are not tightly structured pieces
(as Pat would later return to), but, nevertheless, they all swing with a
red hot intensity. There was no meandering, no hesitation, no
compensation for a not-up-to par Pat Martino. Pat was back: the return.
plays a flury of notes, chords, octaves--and never loses his way. And
it was only up from here--as I observed in Chicago recently at The Jazz
Showcase, when Pat performed with organ and drums. It was the best two
jazz nights of my life.
The man is a maestro, a virtuoso,
one-of-a-kind. Sadly, he is under-appreciated with respect to
popularity. However, those in the know, know the genius of his miracle
man. For that, I am thankful. There is beauty in the universe. Think on
There's not much to add other than what the other reviewers have
written, other than to say that this album is a unique one in Pat's
ouevre because his playing is, to my ears at least, a lot more wild and
raw here (in positive terms). It also features the unique drumming of
Joey Baron. The interplay here is really exciting too.
Pat Martino is the man. This album is chop city from beginning to end.
I can't believe the endurance. long, long, long....fast solos. buy it
if you can find it. pretty sure it's been reissued on another disc.
suffered a brain aneurysm in 1980, and after successful surgery, he was
left with musical amnesia. He had to completely relearn how to play
guitar, and the process of recovery took a long time. Finally, in 1987,
he was ready to play in public and record. Showcased in a trio with
bassist Steve LaSpina and drummer Joey Baron, Martino
performs lengthy versions of four new originals during a live set from
Fat Tuesdays, showing no mercy either for his sidemen or toward himself.
Eighty percent back at the time (he would continue to get stronger
record by record during the next few years), the guitarist's musical
courage is admirable, and the music (which can only be classified as
"modern jazz") is frequently exciting.
All compositions by Pat Martino
"Do You Have a Name?" - 12:33
"Slipback" - 8:50
"All That You Have" - 11:09
"Turnpike" - 11:24
Pat Martino - guitar
Steve LaSpina - bass
Joey Baron - drums