Pat Martino: Dozen Down


Dozen Down


Pat Martino (guitar)


Think Tank (Blue Note 7243 5 92009 2 7)

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Pat Martino (guitar), Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Lewis Nash (drums).

Composed by Pat Martino


Recorded: New York, January 8-10, 2003


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

On this track, one may think Pat Martino tries to revive the times when he played with horn and keyboard, as in the bands of tenorist Willis Jackson and organist Brother Jack McDuff. Indeed the tune is a perfect vehicle for thick vintage cooking, but it also has a clear flavor of the new century. Neither Lovano’s playing nor Rubalcaba’s is a bit nostalgic, and the rhythm team grooves with a great combination of tradition and modernity. In this youthful, stimulating context, the leader – and veteran of this session – is definitely up to the deserved reputation he acquired during the glorious sixties.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum


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