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Pat Martino: gifted musician and man...

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I just recently learned about the wonderful character of Pat Martino's playing and personality. I knew of him as his name comes up a lot in jazz, but I never looked closely until recently for some reason. I wish I had sooner. His rapid-fire phrasing and feel on lead lines especially is just incredible. His playing is swinging, intense and extremely vibey. Just wanted to put my appreciation out there and potentially get others' insights on Pat.

It's amazing how evidently at age 36 he lost his entire memory - both life and music. It's said that he came out of surgery for a brain aneurism without knowing liteally who he was or how to play his instrument anymore - he actually felt that he didn't even enjoy music after the surgery for many years after. Yet, what an incredible comeback listening to him today.

I coudn't find much detailed elaboration on the internet about his life, so I thought I'd thread. Also, here is a great interview that everyone interested in music should read. His paradigms really make one think about how they approach the guitar theoretically, geographically, etc.

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=764


-Mike
 

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Pat is "El Hombre". His 9-string playing is fantastic. I dig his videos as well as he is really a very interesting dude. He's operating on a higher level for sure. One of the most interesting things I heard or read from him, can't remember which, was how the number 12 took on such a significance to him after his illness and how he extrapolated the pervasiveness of that number in the natural world to his theory on diminished harmony.
 

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I didn't know about his illness. It explains a lot about his pattern-based theories.
 

jzgtrguy

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Great guitarist. I think I have all his recordings. My all favorite is "The Maker" I Got to speak briefly with him at the Catalina Bar and Grill in L.A. a few years back when he was touring with Joey De Francesco. He struck me as a truly humble guy.

Regarding his aneurysm and recovery all I can say is. That anyone could play like Pat does is borders on the miraculous but to do it twice in the same live time. OH COME ON!
 

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I just recently learned about the wonderful character of Pat Martino's playing and personality. I knew of him as his name comes up a lot in jazz, but I never looked closely until recently for some reason. I wish I had sooner. His rapid-fire phrasing and feel on lead lines especially is just incredible. His playing is swinging, intense and extremely vibey. Just wanted to put my appreciation out there and potentially get others' insights on Pat.

It's amazing how evidently at age 36 he lost his entire memory - both life and music. It's said that he came out of surgery for a brain aneurism without knowing liteally who he was or how to play his instrument anymore - he actually felt that he didn't even enjoy music after the surgery for many years after. Yet, what an incredible comeback listening to him today.

I coudn't find much detailed elaboration on the internet about his life, so I thought I'd thread. Also, here is a great interview that everyone interested in music should read. His paradigms really make one think about how they approach the guitar theoretically, geographically, etc.

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=764


-Mike
I love this thread at AAJ
http://forums.allaboutjazz.com/showthread.php?t=14335&highlight=Pat+martino

I have photocopied every post by Pat and have 300 pgs + comb bound.
All the stories, patterns, transcriptions and lessons.
-Just in case the world ends.
Actually, it's so I can study it away from the computer.
I figure if he is that generous, I better work real hard.
That would be a good return I think.

And it grows.

Pat is so generous. Thanks.
 

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I love this thread at AAJ
http://forums.allaboutjazz.com/showthread.php?t=14335&highlight=Pat+martino

I have photocopied every post by Pat and have 300 pgs + comb bound.
All the stories, patterns, transcriptions and lessons.
-Just in case the world ends.
Actually, it's so I can study it away from the computer.
I figure if he is that generous, I better work real hard.
That would be a good return I think.

And it grows.

Pat is so generous. Thanks.
That's a really amazing thread. Thanks for pointing it out to us.
 

dewey decibel

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I think he's an amazing guy and an amazing player, but not for the same reasons as most. I'm not really into all the mathematics and all that, I actually prefer his playing before he seemed to have gotten wrapped up in all that stuff.


The thing that's amazing to me about him is his right hand. He's really the only cat I've ever heard to be able to get that Wes Montgomery feel and sense of phrasing with a pick. And it makes sense that after he got that down he sort of moved away from it, but none the less. It's unbelieveable how he can do what he does with his right hand- doesn't sound anything like Benson, Mclaughlin, or any of the others that are well known for thier picking technique. IMO, he's the most musical of the fast, technical players out there.
 

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The thing that's amazing to me about him is his right hand. He's really the only cat I've ever heard to be able to get that Wes Montgomery feel and sense of phrasing with a pick. And it makes sense that after he got that down he sort of moved away from it, but none the less. It's unbelieveable how he can do what he does with his right hand- doesn't sound anything like Benson, Mclaughlin, or any of the others that are well known for thier picking technique. IMO, he's the most musical of the fast, technical players out there.
+1,000

That is probably what I love about him most - his articulation and phrasing. He has a certain attack and a bebop-like swing about him that is so damn COOL.
 




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