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Giants of Jazz: Pat Martino

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Album Review

Giants of Jazz: Pat Martino is a nice budget collection of the guitarist's landmark work from the '60s and '70s. Included are such standout tracks as the ballad "We'll Be Together Again," John Coltrane's "Impressions," and the expansive "Willow." While collectors will most likely want the full-length albums, this is a solid introduction to Martino's unique oeuvre.

Biography

Born: 25 August 1944 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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,...
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