Pat Martino: Blue in Green
Blue in Green
Pat Martino (guitar)
Interchange (Muse 5529)
Pat Martino (guitar),
James Ridl (piano), Marc Johnson (bass), Sherman Ferguson (drums).
Composed by Miles Davis.
Recorded: New York, March 1, 1994
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Pat Martino fans rejoiced when this CD arrived in 1994. After his long recovery from a brain aneurysm and other personal setbacks, the guitarist was finally back to the brilliant form he had exhibited in the '60s and '70s. In fact, if you compare his versions of "Catch" and "Blue in Green" from Interchange with those on the widely acclaimed Live at Yoshi's six years later in 2000, it would be fair to say that Martino has been again at the top of his game since the mid-'90s, and that Interchange was his coming-out party.
"Blue in Green" captures Martino's lyrical and soulful sides, with an unhurried lucidity and discernment. Martino plays the calming, circular theme with a dampened yet penetrating tone, elongating notes for dramatic emphasis and leaving open space to effectively frame the gradually increasing ardor of his heartfelt and surging extended runs. Ridl's comping is both purposeful and unobtrusive, and the pianist's neatly constructed solo reveals a particularly strong and creative left hand. Martino's reprise draws on bent notes and darkly throbbing chords far more than did his opening treatment, as he closes out a lovely interpretation of the ballad Miles Davis first introduced on Kind of Blue.
Reviewer: Scott Albin