ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#19] Pat Martino By
Remember: A Tribute To Wes Montgomery
Pat Martino displays
relentless vigor on Remember, his latest recording in homage to Wes Montgomery.
It follows with an effluence of compositional guitar improvisations over some
of Montgomerys classic tunes, including Four on Six, Groove
Yard, and West Coast Blues. Nearly all the tunes on this album
hail from Montgomerys Riverside period between 1959 and 1963. The band packs
some punch with Dave Kikoski on piano, John Pattitucci on bass, Scott Allan Robinson
on drums, and Danny Sadownick with supporting percussion. Martino captures the
octave playing eloquence that typifies Montgomerys style on Road Song.
He grooves while articulating phrases on the same note an eighth apart. As Montgomerys
recordings played such an integral role in Martinos development, it was
only natural for him to play these underplayed classics to highlight the subtle
genius of Montgomery. He manages to work in his own torrents of notes and repetitive
sequences that are agitatingly satisfying. Martino brings the same energy as on
Live at Yoshis, but parts with the heaviness of the organ and live
applause which yields a clean 1960s sound.