Pat Martino: Oleo




Pat Martino (guitar)


Live at Yoshi's (Blue Note 99749)

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Pat Martino (guitar), Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond B-3 organ), Billy Hart (drums).

Composed by Sonny Rollins


Recorded: live at Yoshi's, Oakland, CA, December 15-17, 2000


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

The first thing that listeners will notice about "Oleo" is Joey DeFrancesco's organ sound, which is certainly a throwback to the Swingin' Sixties. Although prominently featured, he keeps the chord base simple as Pat Martino's 6-string prowess takes center stage on this amazing concert recording. Taut, driving rhythms provide release as Martino's fingers fly on the fretboard at a frenetic pace. Emotions run sky high as it sounds as though Martino is singing for his supper. Given this tasty jam, I say punch his meal ticket immediately if there's any way you can afford to do so.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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