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The Pat Martino Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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The Pat Martino Quintet Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA March 26, 2016 Legendary guitarist Pat Martino has traversed several musical landscapes in a career spanning more than five decades. He went from being a mind-blowing newcomer in the Harlem and soul blues jazz scene in the sixties to a major contributor to hard bop and fusion music in the seventies. Then, in 1980, brain surgery for an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) left him with profound ...

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Pat Martino Trio at Mount Vernon Country Club

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Pat Martino Trio Mount Vernon Country Club Golden, Colorado February 18, 2016 Musical greatness and human fragility mixed uneasily on February 18, 2016, when Pat Martino and his trio worked their magic at the Mount Vernon Country Club high in Golden, Colorado. The performance was grand, but the conditions were unwelcoming. A strange drama unfolded. Martino, a jazz guitar virtuoso, has been a driving force in jazz since the middle ...

NEW YORK BEAT

Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard

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On Thursday February 4 paradigmatic guitarist Pat Martino led his trio into The Jazz Standard for another seminal Big Apple performance. Gotham has been very lucky in recent years as Martino has rarely missed an opportunity to perform here and has headlined at most of the leading clubs. Quintessential hard swing has long been a Martino trademark and his signature phrasing along with his uncanny picking style immediately roared across the bandstand as the group opened with ...

WHAT IS JAZZ?

The Existential Intimacies of Jazz: Pat Martino Live

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Jazz, at its best, inducts its own into aesthetic alliances, some long-lasting, others fleeting, but all meaningful. Meaning is a matter of mortals finding something of value, something worthwhile. When two or more agree on meaning--especially in matters of music--the fellow-feeling may run deep and true. Pat Martino, jazz guitarist extraordinaire, along with a good friend helped this happen to me in the summer of 2012 in jny: Chicago at The Jazz Showcase. This event is sweetly and securely lodged ...

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Pat Martino Trio at Bucks County Community College

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Pat Martino Trio Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA April 23, 2015 In the 1960s and 70s, spurred on by the support he received from the great Les Paul, a youthful guitarist Pat Martino evolved his unique style of controlled intensity, “fat" sound, and adherence to the blues idiom he acquired from his work with tenor saxophonist Willis Jackson and organists such as Don Patterson, as ...

REDISCOVERY

Pat Martino: Joyous Lake

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Pat Martino Joyous LakeWarner Bros.1977 Seemingly a hardcore mainstreamer at heart--though one with no shortage of experimental élan, proven over a series of ten albums from 1967's El Hombre (Prestige) to 1976's wonderful duo with pianist Gil Goldstein, We'll Be Together Again (Muse, 1976)--guitarist Pat Martino came relatively late to the jazz-rock fusion game. His first album to truly plug in, his 1976 Warner Bros. debut, Starbright, was an eclectic affair that mixed synth and ...

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Pat Martino Trio at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Pat Martino Trio Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA November 29, 2014 Over the years, Pat Martino's guitar artistry has been powerful and consistent, characterized by his precision, strong attack, uncanny mastery of the instrument, and hard rhythmic style honed in his apprenticeship with saxophonist Willis Jackson and organist Jack McDuff. Frequently on the road, and just returned from a tour of South America, Martino delivered on all these qualities in the ...

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Gene Ludwig / Pat Martino Trio: Young Guns

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The name Young Guns seems ironically amiss until one learns that this recording dates from 1968-69 when organist Gene Ludwig was thirty years old, guitarist Pat Martino twenty-three and drummer Randy Gelispie somewhere in that neighborhood, long before he became fondly known as “Uncle G." The organ trio was in its heyday then, and this one was caught on tape during an exciting live date at Club 118 in Louisville, KY. How many other such performances have been lost forever ...


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