Monday, 18 January 2010

Pat Martino ''We'll Be Together Again''

Pat Martino

''We'll Be Together Again''
( LP Muse Records, 1976 )
Catalog # MR 5090


Tracklisting:
Open Road (Olee / Variations and Song / Open Road)
Lament
We'll Be Together Again
You Don't Know What Love Is
Dreamsville
Send In The Clowns
Willow Weep For Me

Personnel & Credits:
Amy DiDonato Production Coordination
Nancy Dwyer Graphic Design
Ed Freeman Producer, Design, Cover Photo, Original Cover Photography
David Gahr Photography
Gil Goldstein Piano (Electric)
Eddie Korvin Engineer
Pat Martino Guitar, Liner Notes
Page Simon Graphic Design

Reviews:
A real beauty, We'll Be Together Again pairs the outstanding jazz guitarist Pat Martino with electric pianist Gil Goldstein for a song cycle that explores ballads and more meditative / contemplative material. It's a perfect union that surprisingly never waivers throughout 45 minutes from maintaining its listener's attention or interest. Goldstein, especially, is the ideal tonal colorist. Although he solos occasionally, the keyboardist more often creates perfect aural envelopes for Martino's deft and lovely explorations on guitar. There is also an appealing stylistic consistency here absent from the pair's 1976 follow-up, Starbright (Warner Bros.). And the choice to stick with an electric piano throughout is inspired. Martino has always sounded great paired with the much maligned keyboard (check out 1970's Desperado on Prestige or 1972's Live! or, best of all, 1974's Consciousness ).
For the most part, the program sticks to familiar jazz terrain. But even Martino breathes genuine originality into war horses like "Dreamsville" and, most notably, the cheesy "Send in the Clowns." Martino's dynamic opening suite "Open Roads," and the standard "Willow Weep For Me" are the disc's best tracks—and while they threaten to set Martino's fingers flying, the pair explore this musical terrain with great care and sensitive passion.
By Douglas Payne (All About Jazz)

When We'll Be Together Again was recorded in 1976, a 31-year-old Pat Martino was four years away from being operated on for the brain aneurysm that would wipe out his memory. The Philadelphia guitarist was also very much at the height of his creative powers -- a fact that's hard to miss on this excellent session, which 32 Jazz reissued in 1998. Forming an intimate duo with electric pianist Gil Goldstein, Martino is at his most introspective on sparse interpretations of the standards "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Willow Weep for Me" as well as Henry Mancini's "Dreamsville," J.J. Johnson's "Lament," and Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns." Martino's lyricism was never more personal than it is on this album, which was first released by Muse and was out of print for many years. Thankfully, We'll Be Together Again finally came out when 32 Jazz reissued it in 1998.
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

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