The program also included two other Martino originals ("Inside Out" and 1974's "On The Stairs"), and a half-dozen covers of jazz standards that the Philadelphia native has recorded over the years. Those included Dave Brubeck's beautiful ballad "In Your Own Sweet Way," John Coltrane's "Impressions" and the Charlie Christian-Benny Goodman burner "Seven Come Eleven."
|Pat Martino, Kevin Mauldin|
There were two favorite moments:
- Martino and the rhythm section's beautiful exploration of Bill Evans' ballad "Blue in Green."
- A co-feature in which Martino and Basham, whose "day job" is concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic, turned Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" into a melodic conversation.
Every audience that hears Martino ought to be thankful they've had the opportunity. In 1980, he underwent emergency neurosurgery to repair a congenital brain aneurysm. He then had to relearn the guitar and his style by studying his vintage recordings. After a 15-year near-absence from recording and performing, he was back on the scene in the mid-1990s.
Martino, now 70, has a keen outlook about how the experience changed him. "The guitar is of no great importance to me," he says. "The people it brings to me are what matter. They are what I'm extremely grateful for, because they are alive. The guitar is just an apparatus."
In a Facebook posting today, trumpeter Dan Miller called Martino "an inspiration both musically and personally. Not only is he a great artist who lifts the bandstand with his genius, but spiritually he emboldens you to live in the moment and embrace the now. An unforgettable day of music and discussion."
Each month during the concert season, the band brings in a special guest. Next up are tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath on March 4 and trumpeter Jon Faddis on April 1.
|Lew Del Gatto, Mike Harvey, Pat Martino, Dan Miller|