Pat Martino: Willow Weep for Me
Willow Weep for Me
Pat Martino (guitar)
We'll Be Together Again (32 Jazz 32071)
Recorded: New York, February 13 & 17, 1976
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
This is a rather unusual tempo for Pat Martino, but on this whole ballad record he decided to renounce his "fastest gun in the West" reputation and to open his heart. Here he chose to sit down under the willow tree and let his guitar gently weep, to stretch the melody and stress its blues implications in order to enhance its emotional qualities. And when his fingers occasionally take momentum during his solo, Goldstein's poised electric piano maintains the steady pace and the meditative spirit.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum