11 Songs, 1 Hour, 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bassist John Patitucci has played with such luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, and Jack DeJohnette, but he’s also recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader. On 2009’s Remembrance, Patitucci, saxophonist Joe Lovano, and drummer Brian Blade comprise a group that displays impressive range on 11 originals. The album opens with “Monk/Trane,” a composition based on “Giants Steps,” which features alert, nimble playing throughout. Another nod to Coltrane, the impressionistic “Meditations,” showcases Patitucci on electric six-string bass. “Messaien’s Gumbo” brings out the group’s funky side; Blade’s cliché-free drumming on the track is outstanding. “Mali,” a tribute to the singer and guitarist Ali Farka Touré, captures the rhythm section creating an African-inflected groove as Lovano plays catchy shards of melody. “Scenes from an Opera” sports a lush string arrangement, rumbling drums, and Lovano’s mysterious clarinet tones. The closing title track, a tribute to the late saxophonist Michael Brecker, finds a solo Patitucci overdubbing electric six-string piccolo bass on top of electric bass.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bassist John Patitucci has played with such luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, and Jack DeJohnette, but he’s also recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader. On 2009’s Remembrance, Patitucci, saxophonist Joe Lovano, and drummer Brian Blade comprise a group that displays impressive range on 11 originals. The album opens with “Monk/Trane,” a composition based on “Giants Steps,” which features alert, nimble playing throughout. Another nod to Coltrane, the impressionistic “Meditations,” showcases Patitucci on electric six-string bass. “Messaien’s Gumbo” brings out the group’s funky side; Blade’s cliché-free drumming on the track is outstanding. “Mali,” a tribute to the singer and guitarist Ali Farka Touré, captures the rhythm section creating an African-inflected groove as Lovano plays catchy shards of melody. “Scenes from an Opera” sports a lush string arrangement, rumbling drums, and Lovano’s mysterious clarinet tones. The closing title track, a tribute to the late saxophonist Michael Brecker, finds a solo Patitucci overdubbing electric six-string piccolo bass on top of electric bass.

TITLE TIME
7:14
5:27
7:25
5:03
7:14
5:22
5:20
6:07
7:44
6:45
1:53

About John Patitucci

One of the top bassists of the 1990s (on both acoustic and electric), Patitucci's speed, very clear tone, and versatility are quite impressive. He started playing bass when he was 11, grew up in Northern California, and in 1978 moved south near Los Angeles. He played with Gap Mangione (1979) while going to college, and during 1982-1985 worked in Los Angeles with Tom Scott, Robben Ford, Stan Getz, Larry Carlton, Dave Grusin, Ernie Watts, Freddie Hubbard, and others, in addition to becoming a studio musician. In 1985, he gained a high profile when he joined Chick Corea as a regular member of both the Elektric and Akoustic bands. Patitucci toured and recorded extensively with Corea and made a series of his own diverse sessions for GRP and Stretch (although he is not as strong a composer as he is a bassist). John Patitucci left the Elektric Band in the early '90s but continued working with Corea on an occasional basis. ~ Scott Yanow

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    December 22, 1959

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