Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pat Martino - Consciousness

For fans of jazz guitar, no one can compare to the legendary Pat Martino. Inspired by the likes of Johnny Smith and Wes Montgomery, the young Philadelphia native went out on the chitlin circuit when he was 15, refining his formidable chops in a variety of blues-drenched organ trio and hard bop formats. By the time he emerged as a leader in his early 20s, Martino was a major influence on a generation of exploratory young jazz guitarists, a creative curve that continued unabated until he was incapacitated by a life threatning brain tumour in 1981 (initiating a long recovery process which culminated in 1994's Interchange).
Consciousness, recorded in 1974 when he was 30 with the band Catalyst, remains a landmark in the annals of jazz guitar. With his extraordinary harmonic pallet and propulsive picking technique, Martino is able to transcend the guitar's limitations and sustain long melodic variations over breakneck bebop tempos a la John Coltrane, to particular effect on the later's "Impressions," Benny Golson's "Along Came Betty" and his own "On The Stairs." Martino's moody chords and supple octaves on "Willow" suggest the deep blue lyricism of Wes Montgomery, while his solo guitar turns on Joni Mitchell "Both Sides Now" and "Passata On Guitar" reflect the quiet dignity and classical grace of Johnny Smith. But it is on the title tune that he takes his boldest steps towards a new melodic language for guitar.

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Pat Martino


1 Impressions (Coltrane)  4:33
2 Consciousness (Depaolo, Holland, Kloss)  11:48
3 Passata on Guitar (Martino)  2:48
4 Along Came Betty) (Golson  5:22
5 Willow (Martino)  6:09
6 On the Stairs (Martino)  5:29
7 Both Sides Now (Mitchell)  2:06
8 Along Came Betty [alt. take] (Golson)  5:16


Pat Martino - g
Eddie Green - el p [except Willow, just Percussion]
Tyrone Brown - b
Sherman Ferguson - dr & perc

Recorded at Generation Sound, New York ; October 7, 1974


fredfoxfred said...

.001 is broken, sorry to report

fredfoxfred said...

sorry... 7z is reporting error in .001 but problem was in .002

Melanchthon said...

The links are ok.

Crimhead420 said...

Pt.1 say it's corrupt or damaged.
I cannot open it.

Crimhead420 said...

Is it possible to re-post?

Crimhead420 said...

Thank you very much.

velobrewer said...

I have most of Martino's stuff as leader, but I'm not sure I've ever come across this. I'm really a huge fan, and this looks like a great post to this wonderful blog spot. Thanks.

Nathan said...

Hi, RapidShare says the links are dead due to not being accessed in a long time. Can you please re-up or just send me the link in an e-mail? BTW...I absolutely LOVE this blog! Kudos to you!

side note: you wouldn't happen to have Dizzy Gillespie-Big 4 anywhere would ya?

Keep up all the great work!


ZM-JazzRock said...

Thanx for the repost.
I am dounloading this very nice, indeed, album AGAIN.
My first DL was missed on my HD's...
zm from Brazil

oat said...

pass please

el marinero said...

I love this record,Thanks Mel

Melanchthon said...

Doug said...

Thanks ... excellent album.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks for this true gem Mel.

César said...

What´s the code for those zippyshare files? thanx!!

Anonymous said...

Hello what´s the password?

Eduardo Carvalho said...

Password please? thank you!

Anonymous said...

melanchthon this is the password