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Starbright/Joyous Lake
     

Starbright/Joyous Lake

by Pat Martino
 
Before jazz guitarist and composer Pat Martino's surgery after a brain aneurysm, which took away his memory and ability to play for seven years, he made a kind of left turn. Martino had been making trio and quartet recordings for most of the '70s that featured his reflective or quietly swinging originals and standards. In 1976 he made Starbright, on which he

Overview

Before jazz guitarist and composer Pat Martino's surgery after a brain aneurysm, which took away his memory and ability to play for seven years, he made a kind of left turn. Martino had been making trio and quartet recordings for most of the '70s that featured his reflective or quietly swinging originals and standards. In 1976 he made Starbright, on which he played synthesizer and percussion in addition to guitars. He also employed some of the hottest jazz fusion players, like synthesists Warren Bernhardt and Michael Mainieri, electric and acoustic keyboardist Gil Goldstein, drummer Michael Carvin, and bassist Will Lee, with Marty Quinn on tablas, Joe Donofrio on violin, and Al Regni on flute. The result was a startling yet warm and, in retrospect, wonderful recording of originals and covers, the most notable of which were two radically interpreted Wayne Shorter compositions, "Nefertiti," and "Fall." Later that year, Martino went further afield with Joyous Lake, employing Delmar Brown on all manner of keyboards (electronic only, a Fender Rhodes being the most conventional), electric bassist Mark Leonard, and drummer and percussionist Kenwood Dennard. All the compositions were by Martino or his bandmates. The latter album was too far out in the fusion field. Not funky enough, and too completely technical to be of much use to jazz fans who may have enjoyed the sparing experimentation of the former release but were not prepared for so studied and artificial an outing. Where Starbright showed another powerful and poetic dimension to Martino's personality, Joyous Lake subsumed it wholesale. The pair are available together on Collectables.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2006
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431782927
catalogNumber:
7829
Rank:
87705

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Performance Credits

Pat Martino   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion
Warren Bernhardt   Synthesizer
Michael Carvin   Drums
Gil Goldstein   Keyboards
Kenwood Dennard   Percussion,Drums
Delmar Brown   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes,oberheim
Will Lee   Bass
Mark Leonard   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Michael Mainieri   Synthesizer
Albert Regni   Flute
Marty Quinn   Tabla
Charlie Collins   Drums
Joe Donofrio   Violin
Alyrio Lima Cova   Percussion

Technical Credits

Gil Goldstein   Composer
Pat Martino   Composer,Sound Effects
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Kenwood Dennard   Composer
Delmar Brown   Composer
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Ed Freeman   Producer
Steve Klein   Engineer
Joe Donofrio   Composer

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