Day 9 - Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, July 6, 2006
But anyone who has followed his comments on the Martino thread at the AAJ Bulletin Board knows he's a gracious and humble man. The clear respect he conveyed in recounting the story, as well as the way he treated his group and his audience at The Spectrum last night, was perfectly in keeping with an artist who doesn't rest on his laurels, no matter how significant he may be in the history of jazz guitar. His approach may be mainstream, but like the more compositionally-focused performances in the Suono Italia series, he's nothing if not committed and completely passionate.
Tomorrow: pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, saxophonist Pietro Tonolo's Italian Songs project featuring accordionist Gil Goldstein, and vibraphonist Stefon Harris & Blackout, playing material from Evolution and more.