A milestone in modern jazz guitar | SUN | 13 11 2022 | 20:55

Ö1 Art Sunday: Milestones

Pat Martino: “Footprints” (1972)

On November 1st of last year, the US guitarist Patrick Carmen Azzara, aka Pat Martino, from Philadelphia, died at the age of 78. 50 years ago, in the spring of 1972, he recorded the album “The Visit” with guitarist Bobby Rose, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Billy Higgins, which was later distributed under the name “Footprints”. This recording enjoys cult status among jazz guitarists.

With the exception of a bass solo by Richard Davis, Pat Martino is the sole soloist on tracks such as the jazz standard “Alone Together” or the Wes Montgomery composition “Road Song”. The album is also a kind of tribute to the legendary guitarist colleague who passed away in 1968. Pat Martino uses the octave technique popularized by Montgomery several times, allowing melodic lines to be played at octave intervals. Above all, however, he presents his phenomenal technique with virtuosic, always melodic and perfectly phrased runs. “Footprints” is a real milestone in modern jazz guitar.

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Composer: Wes Montgomery/1925 – 1968
Album: SIMPLY JAZZ – 4 CD’S OF ESSENTIAL JAZZ MUSIC
Titel: O.G.D. (“Road song”)/instr.
Full title: COOL SUMMER JAZZ – CD 1
Soloist: Pat Martino /guitar with accompaniment
Length: 05:41 min
Label: Union Square/edel SIMPLY 0011

Composer: Antonio Carlos Jobim/1927 – 1994
Album: SIMPLY SALSA – 4 CD’S OF ESSENTIAL LATIN RHYTHMS
Titel: How insensitive/instr.
Title in other language: Insensatez/instr.
Gesamttitel: LATIN FOR LOVERS – CD 2
Soloist: Pat Martino /guitar with accompaniment
Length: 06:09 min
Label: Union Square/edel SIMPLY 0022

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