Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
364

Pat Martino: El Hombre

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count Views
Pat Martino: El Hombre Recorded May 1, 1967, this session was Pat Martino's first album as leader. His guitar moves valiantly with all the swagger of a cowboy; smoking guns and flying fingers dot the landscape of his trail. The allusion, of course, is to Paul Newman's Western film Hombre that came out the same year.

Both are unforgettable. Both feature young lion artists in their earliest successes and there are, indeed, many parallels between the music and the movie. The film was released in March of that year. Martino's album was released shortly after. Rhythms drive the album hard, like hoof beats of many horses in motion. Martino's preference for the bass notes of the guitar underlies the stomping walk of good men and bad men on a mission. With its guitar, flute, organ, drum, congas and bongos instrumentation, Martino's album reflected the 1960s as well as Paul Newman's minority-group-member-pushed-to-his-limits character. The album and the film were not directly related, but El Hombre lends itself to many hours of creative interplay on the part of the listener.

With six original compositions on this program of eight pieces, Martino carved his niche in modern jazz with a bang. This Rudy Van Gelder remastering brings the sound to us with utmost eloquence, balancing the band perfectly while keeping Martino at center front. The blues run through this program and flutist Danny Turner, drummer Mitch Fine and organist Trudy Pitts play a major role in giving the world a look at Philadelphia's cowboys, while the addition of percussionists Abdu Johnson (congas) and Vance Anderson (bongos) completes the recipe with plenty of zest. There's much to like here, even if you're not a fan of movie Westerns.


Track Listing: Waltz for Geri; Once I Loved; El Hombre; Cisco; One for Rose; A Blues for Mickey-O; Just Friends; Song for My Mother.

Personnel: Pat Martino: guitar; Trudy Pitts: organ; Danny Turner: flute; Mitch Fine: drums; Abdu Johnson: congas; Vance Anderson: bongos.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Concord Music Group | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


CD/LP/Track Review
  • Nexus by Victor L. Schermer
Live Reviews
New York Beat
What is Jazz?
Live Reviews
Rediscovery
Read more articles
Nexus
Nexus
HighNote Records
2016
buy
[no cover]
Alone Together
Blue Note
2012
buy
Undeniable
Undeniable
HighNote Records
2012
buy
Undeniable
Undeniable
HighNote Records
2011
buy
Pat Martino Quartet: Undeniable
Pat Martino Quartet:...
HighNote Records
2011
buy
[no cover]
Footprints / Exit
Blue Note
2010
buy
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Kenny Burrell Kenny Burrell
guitar
Joe Pass Joe Pass
guitar
John Scofield John Scofield
guitar
Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Barney Kessel Barney Kessel
guitar, electric

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.