Pat Martino: Oleo
Pat Martino (guitar)
Live at Yoshi's (Blue Note 99749)
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