1

Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard

Nick Catalano By

Sign in to view read count
Pat Martino
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
August 3, 2017

With his usual understated performance posturing, Pat Martino mounted the stage on opening night at The Jazz Standard and proceeded to captivate the packed house with his signature mixture of hard swing and lyrical balladry. Alongside his familiar bandmates organist Pat Bianchi and drummer Carmen Intorre Martino segued from tune to tune in the opening set with nary a word to the audience. Such has been the approach that this legendary guitarist has continually utilized for over half a century in his remarkable career.

For Martino, unique mathematical relationships inherent in complex chord progressions have constituted the nexus of his improvisational stylings. His theories on the subject found in such textbooks he has written as Linear Expressions can truly be appreciated only by serious musicians. But his hard swinging performances have been enough to lure SRO layman crowds to his jazz recitals for decades.

The Jazz Standard is a providential room for Martino and with its combination of intimacy, excellent acoustics and equally excellent menu service has long been one of his Gotham favorites. At this performance Intorre's crashing ride cymbals occasionally muddied the sound, but during the ballads the room revealed its auditory splendor.

Highlights included the Charles Mingus composition "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love" with some especial lyricizing from Bianchi and a Wes Montgomery Blues which, despite some rhythmical clams, flowed nicely.

Martino's unique career (interrupted by a brain aneurism causing serious memory loss) continues apace and years of improvisational wizardry are still the hallmark of his art.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center New York Beat Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center
by Nick Catalano
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard New York Beat Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard
by Nick Catalano
Published: August 8, 2017
Read John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim New York Beat John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim
by Nick Catalano
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola New York Beat Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
by Nick Catalano
Published: March 31, 2017
Read John Pizzarelli Soars at Birdland New York Beat John Pizzarelli Soars at Birdland
by Nick Catalano
Published: September 16, 2016
Read Joey DeFrancesco at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola New York Beat Joey DeFrancesco at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
by Nick Catalano
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim" New York Beat John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim
by Nick Catalano
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center" New York Beat Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center
by Nick Catalano
Published: September 19, 2017
Read "Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard" New York Beat Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard
by Nick Catalano
Published: August 8, 2017
Read "Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" New York Beat Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
by Nick Catalano
Published: March 31, 2017
Read "Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2016" Best of / Year End Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2016
by Troy Collins
Published: December 14, 2016
Read "Todd Neufeld: Transcending the Limits of Sound" Interview Todd Neufeld: Transcending the Limits of Sound
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 7, 2017
Read "Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2016" Best of / Year End Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2016
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 23, 2016
Read "2017 Montclair Jazz Festival" In Pictures 2017 Montclair Jazz Festival
by Richard Conde
Published: August 17, 2017
Read "Garana Jazz Festival 2017" Live Reviews Garana Jazz Festival 2017
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 20, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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