Pat Martino: Catch




Pat Martino (guitar)


Live at Yoshi's (Blue Note 7243-4-99749-2-0)

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Pat Martino (guitar), Joey DeFrancesco (organ), Billy Hart (drums).

Composed by Pat Martino


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


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Martino's medical history is well known. Having suffered a brain aneurysm in 1980 that left him with no memory of how to play the guitar, he re-taught himself by listening to his own recordings. So the second time around, Martino's biggest influence was himself! His playing became progressively stronger as he continued his comeback, and Live at Yoshi's is one of the best guitar-organ sessions of all time. At his best, Martino is one of a select group of artists who can make you shake your head in awe: a virtuoso capable of acute clarity at great speed, and with the ability to seemingly execute instantaneously any idea from his fertile imagination. He swings hard and combines his predilection for both bop and soulful blues into a distinctive style and attack. "Catch," which is also on his 1994 Interchange CD, is one of Martino's best tunes, and his long driving solo is infinitely varied and rhythmically diverse. DeFrancesco has to follow this, and with Hart's relentless support is able to maintain the intensity and high creative level established by Martino.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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