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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 (18 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00005KG99
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Oleo (Live) 6:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. All Blues (Live)12:02£2.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mac Tough (Live)10:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Welcome To A Prayer (Live)10:30£2.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. El Hombre (Live)10:29£2.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Recollection (Live) 7:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Blue In Green (Live) 7:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Catch (Live)11:05£2.49  Buy MP3 

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With Live at Yoshi's, the 56-year-old Pat Martino, one of the great jazz-guitar stylists of the modern period, returns to the staggering form he showed on albums such as the 1974 Consciousness. Martino lacks no subtlety--his command of melodic variation, his avoidance of cliché, is evidence of that--but this is unapologetically virtuosic music. In this classic club-trio setting Martino and organist Joey DeFrancesco come to burn. The fearsome articulation and continuous invention heard in "Impressions" on Consciousness are revisited in "Oleo", the piece reaching a thrilling tension when Martino sustains a pedal lick before breaking into a glorious resolution. Drummer Billy Hart is less explicitly bravura, but his chops are evident in his cool, motoring drive and masterly punctuations. The repertoire is standard, ranging from the steaming swing of "Oleo" to the deep reflection of "Blue In Green", but whatever the context, Martino always turns the unexpected corner, sustaining interest as if these songs had just been written. Other albums since Martino survived a life-threatening cerebral aneurysm in 1980 have suggested the technique and confidence of old still eluded him, but it's hard to find a flaw here. --Mark Gilbert

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "bipandbop" on 5 Feb 2003
Format: Audio CD
Now I love Jazz & I'm a guitarist, but I don't necassarily enjoy listening to Jazz guitar. Don't get me wrong, I do love it, but when all you hear is Guitar it can get pretty dull.
This album - however - is amazing, as is Pat Martino. The organist gets just as much space as him & the result is outstanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jun 2012
Format: Audio CD
'live at Yoshi's' for my money is a highly enjoyable album. The level of inspiration and general expertise on offer, the recording quality and tune selection make this disc well worth investing in. Guitarists will certainly have a great time listening to Pat- his beautifully understated chord work, his natty solos with their blusey/funky feel are just the tops. Unlike many technically adept players, Pat sounds like he actually thinks about what he is playing.He can burn up the fretboard as quickly as anyone,but primarily his concern is making music, so questions of tone and taste rather then pace are at the forefront of his endeavors.Pat is in the company of a great band.Joey DeFranscesco provides plenty of musical muscle on organ ,and Billy Hart on drums keeps the band neatly in order.Together they produce a varied program of highly accessible and given the context, disciplined jazz that will bear much repeated listening.This isn't just a 'show off' type album with one 'hot' solo following another, it's a genuine ensemble effort where thought is given to arrangement and 'space' in the music.

Some non- jazz fans might find the whole thing a little too diffuse and noodling for comfort (evidence for the prosecution: 'Recollection') and they might have a point.But then this album is not 'targeted' at those types of listeners. Even so, you get great versions of 'Blue in Green' and 'All Blues' not to mention the righteously contemplative gospel -blues of 'Welcome to a Prayer' to enjoy. Anyone who gets their thrills from organ trio music like that made by Jimmy Smith and his ilk or the work of early George Benson, Wes Montgomery or Barney Kessel will simply love what is on offer here.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Mushroom on 17 Dec 2005
Format: Audio CD
WOW! What can I say? I am a jazz guitarist so Mr Martino is naturally a big inspiration but coupled with the superb hammond virtuoso Defrancesco makes for a incredible jazz experience! The interaction between the three musicians is second to none and the solos are burning!
Martino's "cool-groove personified" solos are a reminder of where this guy earnt his trade; playing with hammond-blues jazzers in the sixties most notably the likes of Jack macduff.
Put your headphones on, turn up the volume and pour yourself a brandy or scotch and be instantly transported to a New York Jazz club! Great stuff!
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By Mr. Iain Watson on 6 April 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Amazing, amazing, amazing.

Guitar by Martino and organ by that man Joey deFrancesco who is just brilliant, as usual.

Not one duff track. Buy, buy, buy.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Review by Rick Wurzbacher 19 Jun 2001
By Rick Wurzbacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
PERFECTION, simply one of the best jazz guitar CDs ever put out. Being a jazz/blues guitarist myself, I know that statement says alot. The depth of each individual musician on this record is absolutely incredible. Pat is truly a master at his craft. This CD has high energy jazz guitar, with blues, ballads and an all around excellent mix. The recording quality is wonderful. Having Joey DeFrancesco on-board is just another reason to buy this album. Joey is in my opinion the best Hammond B-3 player in the world. He will be appearing on an upcoming record with me and I am truly excited and honored to be afforded the opportunity to play with this extraordinary musician. His flair on this record is tasteful...awesome dynamics and you must listen carefully to his bass lines. Absolutely killer. Bill Hart, well it just does not get much better. Bill has so many fresh percussive ideas, the combination of the three of these masters could demand twice or three times the price of this CD. I can actually say I have listened to this CD more than 50 times. Each time I listen, I get more attached to the music. The CD was arranged in such a manner that tension is built and then at the end is released for a very satisfying listen. In the tune "All Blues", Pat truly puts "The Nature Of Guitar" formula's to use. ALL GUITARISTS at ALL levels much have this album! I give it my highest rating.
Rick Wurzbacher
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
No Jive: The Best Guitar/Organ/Drum Trio Album in 30 Years 24 July 2001
By Stephen Silberman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the single best guitar-organ-drum trio album recorded in 30 years. The levels of invention, intensity, and collective empathy are absolutely astonishing -- I *guarantee* you that if you ever dug the Wes Montgomery/Melvin Rhyne stuff, this record will blow your toupee plain off. It's one of the only such trio albums that takes the form to its limits by burning so fiercely, and yet is always swinging and soulful. It is a tremendously important album. Every guitar player should hear it -- if only to hear what Pat does at the very end of "All Blues"!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Pat Martino at his very best 25 Dec 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I cannot believe that after 40 years of listening to jazz, I have only just discovered this superb musician. This music swings consistently, has wonderful melodic lines and is one of the most played CDs in my collection.
If you love jazz this must be in your collection.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational Live Recording 2 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had the fortunate experience to see Pat Martino, Joey DeFranscesco, and Billy Hart at the Iridium Jazz club (Manhattan) in May 2001. I have seen a lot of great live jazz performances over the years, but this was absolutely my favorite so far. Their performance was absolutely life-changing. Now I can play this CD and capture the same energy I felt that evening. This CD is completely inspiring - a must for everyone. On a completely different note, I would love to know if anyone else discovered the error in the copyright information(see "Blue in Green" under the song title listing).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
El Hombre is Back! 6 Sep 2002
By "houten_kop" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who needs an introduction as to why the
guitar-organ-drums trio is one of the more
popular combinations in jazz should'nt go
any further than this great live album. From
the easy-going tempo of 'All Blues' to
the fire of 'El Hombre' and the tenderness
of 'Welcome to a Prayer', this album is a
dutiful rendition of what it must've been like
to be there. Growing up on the 'Incredible'
Jimmy Smith, as much as it pains me to state
this, Joey DiFrancesco has surpassed him: his
playing is simply outta this world! Billy
Hart keeps it all together.
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