Pat Martino

The Maker

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A sigh of relief was breathed by many a fan upon the release of The Maker, because it marked the first time Pat Martino had released recordings in successive years since the late '70s. Here he is once again joined by kindred spirits James Ridl on piano and Marc Johnson on bass, along with the relatively unknown but very capable Joe Bonadio on drums. All members get a chance to shine on "Noshufuru," but it is Ridl who makes the biggest impression on his unaccompanied opening to "You're Welcome to a Prayer." Martino is in a reflective mood on this standout track -- as he also is on "The Changing Tides" and "Yoshiko" -- with strong similarities to his classic We'll Be Together Again recording with Gil Goldstein. The closing track, "This Autumn's Ours," is the session's only weak spot, as neither Martino or Ridl can quite match the excitement being generated by the rhythm section. Still, this is a highly recommended session featuring all original Martino compositions and more proof that the master was indeed back.

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