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Desperado

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B000000YM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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This record is a direct connection with vivid musical realities of a very transforming nature. The experiences conveyed in the tracks expose the listener to worlds that challenge limited beliefs and unveil the bliss of universal realization. Very highly recommended as it covers the physical world, the emotional world and the abstract world all the while living in the spiritual power of the one.
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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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