Pat Martino: Live at Yoshi's
The trio kicks off “Oleo” and keeps the pots on throughout the last notes of the Martino original “Catch,” goaded by a boisterous and supportive crowd. The most explosive moments come during “El Hombre,” the title track from Martino’s very first record back in the ‘60s. The guitarist utilizes an unusual twang device, which then ushers in a heated period of suspension, his repeated off-the-beat- accents working up a froth as Hart crash and bangs in full support. “Mac Tough” comes on as a funky boogaloo, the kind without which this kind of record wouldn’t want to be without. On the slower side, Martino is no less engaging, “Welcome to a Prayer” being especially solid. Not much more needs to be said, except that this particular trio needs to hang out like this more often!
Track Listing: Oleo, All Blues, Mac Tough, Welcome to a Prayer, El Hombre, Recollection, Blue in Green, Catch
Personnel: Pat Martino (guitar), Joey DeFrancesco (organ), Billy Hart (drums)
Record Label: Blue Note Records