Pat Martino: Line Games


Line Games


Pat Martino (guitar, synth, percussion)


First Light (Savoy)

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Pat Martino (guitar, synth, percussion),

Delmar Brown (keyboards), Mark Leonard (bass), Kenwood Dennard (drums)


Composed by Pat Martino


Recorded: Miami, FL, 1976


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

The very fine jazz guitarist Pat Martino has produced some wonderful music over the years. In the midst of the 1970s fusion movement, he was well on his way to making a huge mark. Before he could totally follow through on his promise, he was struck down by a life-threatening brain aneurism in 1980. Surgery for that condition caused him to suffer amnesia. He had to totally relearn how to play guitar! Martino successfully overcame his musical amnesia to become one of contemporary jazz's finest guitarists.

"Line Games" is the strongest cut on Joyous Lake. Martino and keyboardist Delmar Brown play the melody in unison before they go their separate ways. Martino's solo is a high-speed choppy whirl of scalar riffs and truncated arpeggios. When the theme returns it is an impressive display of modern bebop lines, with bassist Leonard much more involved. Drummer Dennard adds extra accents to bring the tune to an end during its speediest and most aggressive moments. "Line Games" is worthy of inclusion in the fusion-guitar hero library.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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