Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pat Martino - Footprints (The Visit)

Conceived as a tribute to Wes Montgomery, this album was originally issued as The Visit in 1975. At the time, jazz guitar was experiencing a revival of sorts that primarily focused on players who had first gotten their start in the '50s. In that context, this work-attitude laden and rife with hip, technically pristine blowing-represented a breath of fresh air that helped lay the groundwork for the Martino mystique. Supported by second guitarist Bobby Rose, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Billy Higgins, Martino utilizes a wide range of grooves to conjure a variety of moods. A bright jazz waltz in the mold of Montgomery's "West Coast Blues," "The Visit" swings mightily, giving Pat a chance to shape long, fluid lines that frequently dip into his deep creative well. The head to Montgomery's easy grooving "Road Song" is rendered in octaves ; during the blowing section, Pat freely contrasts extended phrases with bluesy licks. Slow and seductive, "Footprints" explores new spaces that find Martino playing rhythmically and at one point incorporating a series of microtonal bends (the ending features some especially cool bow work by Davis). While the album's length is brief by today's standards and it would have been nice if this reissue had retained the original art and title (the original liner notes are included), it's Martino's musicality-here at the height of its powers-that makes Footprints a jazz guitar classic.
Jim Ferguson

Source : http://jazztimes.com/articles/10047-footprints-pat-martino

Pat Martino
(aka The Visit !)


1 The Visit (Martino)  4:34
2 What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life ? (Bergman, Bergman, Legrand)  7:18
3 Road Song (Montgomery)  5:43
4 Footprints (Shorter)  8:22
5 How Insensitive (DeMoraes, Gimbel, Jobim)  6:13
6 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)  5:52


Pat Martino - g
Bobby Rose - g
Richard Davis - b
Billy Higgins - dr

Recorded March 24, 1972.


Baby Breeze said...

This one is a killer. I borrowed it once from a friend but never got my own copy. Merci bien.

ZM-JazzRock said...

Thanx Mél!
Another great album from one of the greatest guitar players.

artech said...

It's so relieving! A great choice for a sunrise.

Kovina Kris said...

Another stellar post. Thank you!

rio said...

What's the pass?

Albertito Jazz said...

Hello everyone! The password for this one in not "baruch", "melanchthon" or "bloom"... Is "BLOOM".


Thanks Mel!!

Melanchthon said...


musician3 said...

GREAT.................THANK YOU FOR ALL

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

rm said...

merci beaucoup

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You