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Pat Martino: In the Moment

Victor L. Schermer By

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AAJ: A lot of your fans will want to know what's next for Pat Martino. What are you planning to do now?

PM: I'm getting ready to do my new album for guitar and symphony orchestra.

AAJ: Wow! Finally! You've been talking about this for a long time!

PM: It's going to be an album of love ballads. Right now, I'm preparing sketches of some of the material. It's going to be very lush!

AAJ: Will it perhaps be like the iconic album, Charlie Parker with Strings (Verve, 1995) that Norman Granz recorded in and around 1950?

PM: In my own mind, I'm thinking a lot about Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.

[Interviewer's Note: Readers should not take the discussion of Martino's brain trauma in this interview as proven medical science. The roles of meditation and higher states of consciousness in recovery from brain injury are intriguing but uncertain and largely unexplored. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with a brain disorder, medical consultation is necessary. -VLS]

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