Pat Martino - Think Tank (2003)

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Pat Martino - Think Tank (2003)

Pat Martino - Think Tank (2003)

Style: Jazz, Guitar
Date: October 7, 2003

APE, CUE - 408,7 Mb - Covers, booklet

One of the most original of the jazz-based guitarists to emerge in the 1960s, Pat Martino made a remarkable comeback after brain surgery in 1980 to correct an aneurysm caused him to lose his memory and completely forget how to play. It took years, but he regained his ability, partly by listening to his older records.
Martino began playing professionally when he was 15. He worked early on with groups led by Willis Jackson, Red Holloway, and a series of organists, including Don Patterson, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Jimmy McGriff.
After playing with John Handy (1966), he started leading his own bands and heading sessions for Prestige, Muse, and Warner Bros. that found him welcoming the influences of avant-garde jazz, rock, pop, and world music into his advanced hard bop style.
After the operation, Martino did not resume playing until 1984, making his recording comeback with 1987's The Return.
Although not as active as earlier, Pat Martino has regained his earlier form, recording again for Muse and Evidence; he later signed with Blue Note, issuing All Sides Now in 1996, followed two years later by Stone Blue and in 1999 by Mission Accomplished.

Pat Martino's fourth album for Blue Note evolved into something he had not planned. "The majority of this project became a dedication to John Coltrane," says the guitarist. "I never gave any conscious thought to it but the Trane references emerged time and time again. With that surfacing throughout the recording, making the album taught me a lot about myself and my interests."
Think Tank was recorded during three days at Sony Recording Studio in Manhattan with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash. "Before this album I'd only played with Christian McBride with the Philadelphia Experiment but I've known Joe and Lewis for some time now. This was my first encounter with Gonzalo though I'd known of him. It's a great band."
While his Grammy nominated 2001 Blue Note release Live At Yoshi's perfectly depicts Martino's status as guitarist supreme in the organ trio format, Think Tank portrays Martino investigating compositional possibilities in search of self knowledge and uniformity, themes that well position him in the lineage of Coltrane.

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