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Pat Martino

One of the most original of the jazz-based guitarists to emerge in the 1960s, Pat Martino made a remarkable comeback after brain surgery in 1980 to correct an aneurysm caused him to lose his memory and completely forget how to play. It took years, but he regained his ability, partly by listening to his older records. Martino began playing professionally when he was 15. He worked early on with groups led by Willis Jackson, Red Holloway, and a series of organists, including Don Patterson, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Jimmy McGriff. After playing with John Handy (1966), he started leading his own bands and heading sessions for Prestige, Muse, and Warner Bros. that found him welcoming the influences of avant-garde jazz, rock, pop, and world music into his advanced hard bop style. After the operation, Martino did not resume playing until 1984, making his recording comeback with 1987's The Return. Although not as active as earlier, Pat Martino has regained his earlier form, recording again for Muse and Evidence; he later signed with Blue Note, issuing All Sides Now in 1996, followed two years later by Stone Blue and in 1998 by Fire Dance. In 2001 Martino released a live album recorded at Yoshi's in California. Two years later he teamed with saxophonist Joe Lovano for Think Tank. Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery appeared on Blue Note in 2006. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Happy 70th birthday to Mr. Martino. Glad to know that one of our guitar geniuses is still with us.
Saw him with Joey Defrancesco at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Superb!!
playing tonight at the jazz showcase in Chicago.


What an amazing guy to re-learn everything after having forgotten completely how to play! Sure hope everyone else that has to go through that can re-learn everything they lost due to surgery!!
I have no excuses it is time to get to work, Thanks Pat Martino
Love him.His instructiona l videos lay it all out there.he holds nothing back. One of the all time greats!
Wow!! What an amazing story! Now that is some serious dedication to your craft right there.
I think his treatment of Ballad's (Lament for one) is simply stunning!!!
Been under his spell for 40 years now - since I first heard Footprints. Serious master with echos of Wes Montgomery alive in his playing. Thanks for the many hours of great listening!
Great stuff thank you .Leo
Pat is totally amazing. Saw him two years ago at Sculler's in Cambridge Mass. with an organ trio, sat about ten feet away . An almost religious experience! Hope that he will be with us for many more years.
evamaxwell32 2
Amazing to read about his comeback after the surgery. Even more impressive than Larry Carlton's recovery from his severe injuries. It would have been a terrible shame to lose this legend prematurely.
Pat Martino a philadelphia native (as am I) still lives in South Philly, joined with The Late & remarkable Trudy Pitts on the hammond B-3 also out of Philadelphia early in their career
His world-music debut, Baiyina, which predated the multi-culti boom by 20 years, is considered one of the first successful psychedelic albums (not just by critics and fans--it inspired a pilgrimage from the young Jerry Garcia). From a great bio found at:
http://www.m e t r o a c t i v e . c o m / p a p e r s / m e t r o / 1 0 . 0 9 . 9 7 / m a r t i n o - 9 7 4 1 . h t m l
I remember reading an interview with Jerry Garcia where he named Pat Martino as his favorite guitarist. If you listen to Garcia, you can hear the influence.
bikhu0
Wonderful and innovative player with such a specific sound. I just keep wanting more!!!!
sjackson910
Pat is so Amazing Just cant get enough of his playing Old or New
Just saw Pat in ATL 18 June...what an absolute pleasure to hear and see him again.
shea493
wicked!
Dig it man!
Perhaps the greatest of the Wes Montgomery disciples. The only other who comes to mind is George Benson, but he play too much pop. I always see Pat whenever he plays in whatever city I happen to be in. Truly one of the greats, and deserves a lot more recognition!
sean.wyatt6
Saw Mr. Martino at Jazz Alley in Seattle, 2005 I think. An incredible experience. Mr. Martino is a friendly, warm person in conjunction with being a master guitarist. He is a true statesman of Jazz.
Pat Martino weaves lines tighter than tugboat cable. He always inspires me. Thanks Pat
Live at Iridium was incredible
It would behoove any aspiring jazz GUITARist to look into Pat Martino's very systemmatic mapping of overlapping scales allowing varying levels of "outness" in ones impovised solos! A mathmatical/ m u s i c a l genius is what we find who has found a great marriage of fretboard topology to musical theory.
pat.
I had the privilege to seeing an excellent show of this gentleman Pat Martino, yesterday, at Yoch's (San Francisco), and the least I can say is that I'm still in "grace state". Thanks!
this is JAZZ guitar
My son and I sat front row center a couple years back when he came to Sculler's (or was it the RegattaBar?) in Boston. He is truly an awesome player - makes it look effortless.
this is one amazing story-my warmest regards and best wishes
james warren
I saw Pat Martino at his official comeback concert at the "bottom line" on January 21, 1995...it was 18 frigid degrees, and the line was wrapped around the corner at least two blocks...I caught the last set... he was utterly and otherworldly amazing...I had the pleasure of meeting him a year later... Mr. Martino is a nice man...truly a deep thinker, and a virtuoso jazz guitarist...
There are no similar artists to really compare with Pats touch and concept. I almost have to stop what I'm doing and get into a listening position. Ron Carrete

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