StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Guitar grooves with Pat Martino


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Today, let's get reacquainted via video with guitarist Pat Martino, who returns to St. Louis next week to play Wednesday, May 11 through Saturday, May 14 at Jazz at the Bistro.

Martino has been a fairly regular visitor to St. Louis in recent years, last performing here in December 2013 at the Bistro. That visit was preceded by a Saturday video post spotlighting the guitarist, as were previous gigs here in 2010 and 2009.

Martino's bio was summarized in a couple of those previous posts, or you can get the guitarist's full story via today's final video, an hour-long documentary titled Here and Now that shares its name with Martino's autobiography and offers “an in-depth look at some of his achievements, history, perseverance and philosophy."

Before that, though, you can check out videos of several Martino performances recorded since his last visit here, starting up top with “Sunny," a longtime staple of his live sets, seen here as played with organist Pat Bianchi and drummer Carmen Intorre in 2014 at the Festival Internacional Buenos Aires Jazz.

After the jump, there are two more numbers with Bianchi and Intorre that were recorded at the same gig: a version of Thelonious Monk's “Round Midnight," and Martino's take on Wayne Shorter's “Footprints."

After that, there's another clip from 2014, featuring Martino playing “Lean Years" backed by keyboardist Matt King, bassist Christian Diener, and drummer Wolfgang Haffner.

In the fifth spot, you can see a full set by Martino's trio from the 2014 Lotos Jazz Festival in Poland, with the previously mentioned documentary Here and Now in the final embedded window.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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