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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000EGDN0O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Will the last remaining jazz guitarist who hasn't recorded a tribute to Wes Montgomery please turn off the control board after he does? Yes, there have been a ton of salutes, but that shouldn't lessen interest in Pat Martino's Remember, which in having a guitarist of considerable stature in his own right cast personal meaning on Montgomery's strikingly original bop-meets-Django style covers all the bases a tribute should. Wes fans will enjoy hearing songs associated with him, ranging from his own "Full House" to the Cannonball Adderley classic, "Unit 7." Fans of Martino, a product of Philadelphia's soul-jazz scene of the late-'60s for whom Indianan Montgomery was a conquering hero, will enjoy hearing his speedier, flame-treated approach to the material and his knowingly spare use of Montgomery's patented octave runs. Since bravely coming back from a 1980 brain aneurism that forced him to relearn the guitar, Martino has had some impressive outings (as well as ones that succumbed to high concepts). Leading a keenly focused quintet including the perennially underrated pianist David Kikoski and bassist John Patitucci, he resets the bar for himself. --Lloyd Sachs

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Praiswater on August 29, 2006
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This is a brilliant tribute to the legend Wes Montgomery's very fine works. Given Pat Martino's artistry and history, he is most definitely a legend in his own right! This is a magnificent musical treat!

For those of you who don't know about Pat Martino's unusual background, he began playing guitar at 15. His career took off in the 60's but later there was one huge setback: a brain aneurysm and surgery to remove it in 1980 caused him to lose his memory and he had to learn to play the guitar all over again. Now to tell you the truth, when I hear this music, I think that he was meant to play that guitar, no matter what crisis he faced. After the surgery it took him 4 years to play again with a recording comeback in 1987. Wow, impressive!

Some people have complained about the sound on this cd, BUT, this album, recorded near the end of 2005, went up the jazz charts to #10 in 2006! Whether you are a Pat Martino fan or a Wes Montgomery fan, this will stir you inside out!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. morris on April 7, 2006
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It is difficult not to give Pat 10 stars, for his playing is always soulful, adventurous and magnificent...earthily transcendent...Pat plays "feeling/thinking" music and here, with the spirit of Wes always present, an elegantly bluesy swing inspires every line. On "Tribute," Pat is, as usual, on fire and groovin' hard, and the group brings a collective spirit that infuses every song with a keen sense of incendiary joy and affective intensity. The mix, however, sometimes allows Pat's soloing to get somewhat lost in the accompaniment. It may be that Pat is going for an even darker and more pensive tone than usual in tribute to Wes, but the mix allows the brightness of the piano and drums to sometimes bury Pat's guitar, and that is occasionally frustrating. Nevertheless, no other guitarist expresses through music a language that speaks the truth as profoundly as Pat Martino. This music swings hard so get ready to be moved, and the deep groove is infectious and impassioned so get ready to smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bluesdoc05 on May 11, 2006
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This album obviously was a labor of love for Pat Martino. Wes must be smiling down from heaven. I always knew that Wes was a great influence in Pat's playing, but was unaware of how much he worshipped Montgomery.

It's almost hard for me to describe how incredible Pat's playing on this album is. The disc opens with one of Wes' most memorable compositions "Four on Six". Martino and company read the head close to the version on "The Incredible Jazz Guitar" but at a much more uptempo pace. Pat then launches into one of the finest solos he has ever recorded. Without trying to ape Montgomery's distinctive approach, he nonetheless infuses Wes' spirit in every note, both in his single note choruses and the octave lines as well. Other highlights include a spirited "Twisted Blues" with Pat showing as usual that no one can play the blues from a jazz perspective like he can... At least no living guitarist. Pat really turns the heat up on Milt Jackson's S.K.J., each fleet fingered chorus more intense than the previous one. And talk about closing on a high note: Martino and company chose Sam Jones' "Unit 7", another one of Montgomery's most identifiable tunes. It's interesting for me to compare this to the version Pat's friend Jimmy Bruno recorded with Joey DeFrancesco on "Like That". Bruno's recording had the tune taken at a relaxed tempo which contrasted to the red hot soloing that followed. Pat's reading is full throttle from form the beginning to end and is litlerally breath taking.

With this monumental effort, Pat proves straight out, that he is the finest living jazz guitarist, as well as certainly, one of the greatest of all time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KLS on November 3, 2006
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It's a shame that Pat doesn't have a wider audience, because guitarists know his playing to be among the best. Here, his tribute to Wes Montgomery is superbly played, with great selections from Wes's substantial repertoire. What's amazing, is he doesn't try to improve on Wes's music, but honors it by staying true to the playing style and tempo of each piece. Thank you Pat!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hustafaben on May 26, 2006
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They music and the musicians on this album are amazing. EVERYBODY is speaking on this album. There is no point where the playing is dry or the music isn't fully alive. Pat's soloing on this album is especially strong. He is throwing some serious notes. The reason why this particular version of the album simply can't get 5 stars is because the mix is terrible. At times, as another review stated, Pat is lost in the mix. The bass is incredibly muddy and overbearing in the mix, especially because Pat likes his tone dark and the bass often cancels the guitar out. Amazing playing. I just wish the producers and engineers had actually listened to the recording before they sent it off to press.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Feldman on July 9, 2012
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Pat Martino probably plays very well on this CD, but I can't tell for sure. You see, Pat Martino is virtually buried in the mix. You can hardly hear his guitar, but the drums are very loud and crystal clear. In fact, you can hear virtually everyone clearly EXCEPT Pat. And it's HIS CD!

It's as if the mixing engineer had never recorded jazz guitar before, or maybe he's a relative of the drummer and is trying to feature him, or maybe the guy was attempting, for some reason, to sabatage Martino's career (or at least the sales of this CD). Who knows? Guitar is WAY, WAY down in the mix, virtually unlistenable.

I wish I was at the mixing board when this monstrosity was being mixed. I would have grabbed the mixing engineer by the lapels and yelled, "For cryin' out loud, TURN UP THE GUITAR!!!" Speaking of the mixing engineer, they not only give his name in the credits (I would have hid my head in shame, or at least insisted that my name not be used), but they actually--get this--identified where it was mixed and the BRAND OF SPEAKER used in the mixing session. Please! But thanks for the heads-up; now musicians are going to avoid this studio, engineer, and brand of speaker like the plague. Plus the piano sounds exceptionally tinny. Martino is made to sound muddy and the pianist sounds like he's playing a cheap spinet picked up at a garage sale. I mean, I'm not a sound freak, never had a subscription to Stereo Review or High Fidelity, but there's no feeling of space, of the room, no resonance, no sounds vibrating through the air, no wood, no warmth. It's all cold. And muddy.

I'm angry because Pat (one of my favorite guitarists) deserves better than this, and I'm also out $12. And it's on Blue Note, yet! Rudy Van Gelder, come back! Lion and Wolff must be spinning in their graves! Avoid this sonic disaster at all costs!
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