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Concert Review: Pat Martino in Florida

“A great artist who lifts the bandstand with his genius”

Pat Martino and Dan Miller 2015
Pat Martino and Dan Miller, Naples, Florida, Feb. 2015 (photo: Ken Franckling)
Pat Martino 2015
Pat Martino, Naples, Florida, Feb. 2015 (photo: Ken Franckling)

Guitarist Pat Martino quickly set the tone with a blistering revisit of the boppish “Lean Years” at his concert Feb. 4 with the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra. “Lean Years,” which first appeared on Martino’s 1967 Prestige album Strings!, remains one of his signature tunes.

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.”

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