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Here and Now! The Autobiography of Pat Martino Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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Martino is something rare among musicians, in that he is both an intellectual giant and a sensualist. His lines are simultaneously incredibly sophisticated, but also sweaty and gut-wrenching. Both sides of Martino are on display in this memoir as he discusses the existential crisis that confronted him after his brain surgery in 1979, but also the rich memories of his childhood in Philadelphia.
One of the most striking points he makes is that jazz, particularly the soul jazz of his youth, was an outgrowth of a particular environment. For Martino, the music was inseparable from the people, clubs, drinks, even the cooking of Harlem. He suggests it's futile for students at places like Berklee to try and mimic the jazz of that era, when they've never experienced the sights, sounds and smells that gave birth to it. When I find myself listening to recent music school grads who never seem to connect with the audience, despite flawless technique, I have to think Martino is on to something.
As a guitarist I've tried for years to mimic Martino's style. After reading this book I see how misguided that effort is. Besides having a dazzling musical mind, his playing is also the product of a unique time and place in jazz history that is gone forever. This very special book offers a glimpse into that world.
It enlightens but gently disappoints to some degree.
This book reveals Pat's personal history through a series of interviews in which Pat describes/discusses:
. The nearly fatal aneurysm that could have robbed the world of one if its greatest citizens
. His relationship with his parents
. His relationship with his wives (It was really a pleasure to read about Ayako... In front of every great man, there is a great Woman!)
. What it was like growing up in South Philly
. The various musicians that Pat had the opportunity to apprentice with early in his career.
. The inevitable comparison between Pat and George Benson! It is really interesting to read what the other guitarist who are interviewed have to say about this subject!
. Pat's sacred geometry system
Lastly, I would have wished that the author would have delved into all of the guitars/amps/setups that Pat has used over his career to create that fluid sound he's associated with.
Also, the discography listed at the back of the book doesn't mention the Bobby Pierce session in which Pat plays as a sideman.
This is a worthy read for any true admirer of Pat Martino.
However, by books end, you are left with the feeling the author could have given us a little bit more!
Ian Macgregor The Jazz Guitar Society of Western Australia Newsletter
most brilliant individuals you'd meet and it shows in his writing. He states some facts about the situation he's in and then adds an intellectual observation that is just wonderful. I'm hanging on every word. This book is great even if you haven't heard his music. Pat offers great detailed insight into what its like to be a jazz musician in the 60's...and a skinny 17 year old white kid prodigy at that. This is an excellent book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very reasonable price for this used book that was in excellent condition. Great story about a great guy.Published 2 months ago by Daisy
Book is very interesting to read! I love Pat and his music. Cool to read about some of the behind the sceans stuff.Published 3 months ago by George H. Cole
Martino's story would be amazing even absent the fact that he is one of the top jazz guitarist on the planet. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephen Negri
Fascinating to read. I know and have played with a lot of the people mentioned in the book. Good reading. Fills in some blanks too for me.Published 8 months ago by beflat10r
Pat Martino is one of the Intellectual Giants of the Guitar.Published 9 months ago by Anthony Smith
Let me start with a disclaimer: I haven't finished it yet. I'm a slow reader and felt compelled to respond to the preponderance of five-star reviews. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Chergosky