Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Digitally remastered using 20 bit K2 technology, this is a Japanese reissue of a classic album this jazz great cut for the Prestige label in a miniaturized LP sleeve limited to the initial pressing only & with the original... more »
Digitally remastered using 20 bit K2 technology, this is a Japanese reissue of a classic album this jazz great cut for the Prestige label in a miniaturized LP sleeve limited to the initial pressing only & with the original cover art intact.1999 release. 7 tracks.
This album rocks!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I concur explicitly with the review above calling this album a "revelation" for those unfamiliar. I find this music extremely hip to my ear, an ear raised on classic rock and folk/blues, but also trained in and very fond of the jazz idiom. What Pat sets up for me with this album is a feeling for how to overlay your own groove on top of everyone else's. "Waltz for Geri" and "Once I loved" are classics; Pat definitely makes Once I Loved his own. Mixed in with only a very few mediocre moments are a good number of moments that are pure gold. Get hip to Pat's sound! (He got it all back again too.) Incorporate his musical notions into your own voice and you won't be sorry."
Quintessential Sixties Grooviness
Oliver Towne | Riverside, CA United States | 02/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an album that Austin Powers, International Man Of Mystery, would definitely have in his collection. It's just so hip and swinging no self-respecting playboy could afford to be without it. And if you are a serious lover of jazz guitar, jazz organ, small combo jazz, or just plain "feel-good" music, then neither can you. Trust me, it will get your feet tapping and your fingers snapping. How can you go wrong? "El Hombre" not only has one of the top guitarists and top organists of the 1960s, but also flute, congas, and--dig it--bongos, the official instrument of the Beat Generation.Pat Martino is a favorite of mine, but it took me a while to work back to this album. The guy just oozes musicality here. His playing is relaxed and nimble, his tone clean and liquid. Like Pass and Montgomery, Martino's licks seem to come out of him with a seemingly effortless instinct. You can't learn to talk with your instrument like this--you are born with it.Trudy Pitts is the perfect match for him on organ. Her sound changes and dynamics are fabulous, always enhancing and complementing the guitar, never crowding it. She also gets sounds out of the Hammond B-3 that you don't hear from other famous players. At one point I was wondering if she was in fact playing a B-3, and not a Wurlitzer, or something.Drummer Mitch Fine really drives this group along, swinging with the command of a Blakey or Jones and, again, ornamenting but not stepping on the soloists. I'll have to keep an eye out for other records he appeared on.Rounding this out with flute and Latin percussion gives the record a real nice mix of styles and sounds. I only wish it were longer, but I imagine there weren't any left-over tracks lying around in the vault.Do yourself a favor. If you are at all partial to Sixties organ combo jazz, snap this baby up. You'll be grooving in no time flat."
Best jazz guitar tone ever, awesome groove
Jeffrey T. Newell | New Orleans, LA United States | 12/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music, and particularly the organ sound, may take getting used to for some, but this is a great jazz guitar album. The tone is perfect to my ears, and it comes not only from choice of amp, strings, guitar, and recording-technique, but from a mastery of the instrument that gives an effortless quality to the playing. The lines are cool with the occasional flair of fire. The fire is pretty incredible, more so because it is done with such ease.
The compositions and arrangements are great, especially if you have a love of latin jazz. You get the latin rhythm section and flute...such a beautiful sound.
The album has such power because it is delivered with so much groove and finesse; and it just sounds really, really good. Probably my fav of the discography."