'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.