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When the anesthesia wore off, Pat Martino looked up hazily at his parents and his doctors. and tried to piece together any memory of his life.

One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino had suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent surgery after being told that his condition could be terminal. After his operations he could remember almost nothing. He barely recognized his ... Read more in Amazon's Pat Martino Store

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000YM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blackjack
2. Dearborn Walk
3. Oleo
4. Desperado
5. A Portrait Of Diana
6. Express

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian K. Hughes on July 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After pulling "DESPERADO" from the bottom of a buried pile of CD's in my closet, I was reminded that this particular album is one my favorite Pat Martino recordings. In truth, every album Pat has ever made has a whole lot of fantastic playing but this one has some real unusual characteristics. He isn't playing his standard semi-hollow body jazz guitar but a 12-string electric guitar that produces a somewhat "grungy" and unique sound, which is perfectly in keeping with the "bar band" feeling his group gives off. The only real bop tune Pat plays is "Oleo". Other than that, he concentrates on five self-penned tunes showing the influence of the (then, c. 1970 ) fairly recent modal jazz-rock being played by Miles Davis. Compositionally, "Portrait of Diana" is a really moving ballad; probably the greatest tune Pat ever wrote. I recommend skipping the first track ( "Blackjack" ), as it's by far the weakest cut. Better to try out tracks 4-6 to get a flavor of what this album's really about.
As for the playing, Pat's incredibly fluent and asymmetrical bop lines ( and they ALWAYS swing! ) are linked with a very strong feeling for the blues ( of the jazz variety ) he grew up with in his native Philadelphia, where he had a reputation as a prodigy during the mid sixties. With Pat's great guitar playing combined with the garage band spontaneity, "DESPERADO" will perhaps be of interest to fans of Charlie Hunter or other "acid jazz" musicians. Fans of the "post-Wes" jazz guitar tradition ( George Benson, Jack Wilkins, et al ) will definitely appreciate it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pmfan57 on November 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The great Pat Martino was apparently given a Univox piece of junk guitar and decided to put it to good use by removing the upper octaves on low strings, so that it was in reality a 9 string guitar. The rest is history on this burning post bop tour de force. His version of Sonny Rollins' Oleo is worth the price of admission alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Groothuis on February 24, 2012
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Any Pat Martino recording is worth having. Why is this? Because one of the most proficient, dexterous, and recognizable jazz guitarists is on it.

This 1970 offering features Pat on twelve-string electric guitar--and on nothing else. Somehow "this difficult instrument," as Les Paul puts it in the notes, does not slow down Pat a lick, although the tone is a bit more distorted and strange than what is heard on a six-string. I'm not sure that Pat ever returned to this instrument on record. But it is no mere novelty. It swings with fire and light.

The genre is something like fusion, but with a sharp bebop edge to it (particularly "Oleo," which is by Sonny Rollins). We hear electric piano, electric bass and drums in support of Pat. The unit swings hard and listens intently to one another. I am especially impressed with the crisp and lively drummer, who ride cymbal and snare work is superb.

My only complaint concerns the mixing and audio quality. The drums are all on the right channel except the bass drum, which is on the left or in the middle. This is somewhat distracting, especially through headphones. The electric piano is well-played, but is tonally a bit cheesy at times; but that was common for the instrument in 1970.

Nevertheless, I wager that nearly every Pat Martino fan will enjoy this lively and satisfying recording. Let us be thankful for beautiful and inspiring music.
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