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Chillin' or Bernin'

Read "Chillin' or Bernin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

We start this installment by looking at two artists confronting the jazz doldrums in the nineteen seventies and early eighties, then move on to two brand new releases by artists dealing with tradition in different ways, whether the small group classics of the fifties and sixties or the big band legacy. Talk about Lloyd Cole, Stephin Merritt and Andrew Bird rounds out the pop matters segment. Playlist Discussion of Pat Martino's album Starbright (Warner Brothers) 6:00 Discussion of ...

LIVE REVIEW

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "Pat Martino Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pat Martino Quintet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA March 31, 2018 Legendary guitarist Pat Martino has recently made it a point of periodically performing at Chris' Jazz Café in his home town of Philadelphia. The management welcomes it because he has a large fan base and plays to full houses. This reviewer appreciates it because a) he bonded with Martino fifteen years ago after interviewing him for this website; and b) ...

INTERVIEW

Pat Martino: In the Moment

Read "Pat Martino: In the Moment" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Legendary guitarist Pat Martino is devoted to living in the Here and Now! -coincidentally the title of his autobiography (DaCapo, 2011). Taking each moment as it is and adding full measures of love and spirituality, Martino is now well into his sixth decade as one of the most revered and sought after jazz musicians on the planet. The cover photo of his new CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017) shows Martino posing next to the statue of a lion, a symbol of ...

LIVE REVIEW

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Read "Pat Martino Quintet at Chris' Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pat Martino Quintet Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA November 24, 2017 This first set of legendary Pat Martino's yearly two night Thanksgiving engagement at Chris' Jazz Café celebrated the release of his Quintet's CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017). The guys were really prepared for some hefty music-making, deserving the word “formidable," which on the CD cover, with Martino standing beside a statue of a lion, connoted the presence of the master with his pride. Here, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Pat Martino: Formidable

Read "Formidable" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The title “Formidable" and the striking cover photo of Pat Martino in profile in front of a statue of a lion suggests that the great guitarist is going to unleash awesome powers. However, the proper meaning of formidable in this context is more to be taken as the presence of the master. Here and now, in late career, the lion is content. He displays his supremacy in a group setting. He leads the players in a moveable feast that recapitulates ...

LIVE REVIEW

Pat Martino at Dazzle

Read "Pat Martino at Dazzle" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

Pat Martino Dazzle Denver, CO July 16, 2017 How can you introduce Pat Martino? I was asked to do this shortly before the Pat Martino Trio performed at Dazzle in Denver, Colorado on July 16. A lecture would have been easier for me, since I am a professor and I adore the man's playing. I also feel warmly toward him personally. I could only say a few things. I mentioned that his ...

NEW YORK BEAT

Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard

Read "Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Pat Martino Jazz Standard New York, NY August 3, 2017With 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 ...


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