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Martino, Pat & Bobby Rose / Alone Together
Album:Alone Together Collection:Jazz
Artist:Martino, Pat & Bobby Rose Added:11/2012
Label:Highnote 

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Album Review
librae jackson
Reviewed 2013-01-10 
Pat Martino w/ Bobby Rose/Alone Together/High Note Records

This is a new release from 2 older musicians, of recordings they’d made together, when they were younger musicians. “Alone Together” is an appropriate title for this assortment of jam sessions, performed by renowned guitarist, Pat Martino and his longtime friend, Bobby Rose (a very talented finger-boarder, in his own right).

All of these were recorded during the years 1977-1978, and have been kept in Martino’s personal collection, until now.

Upon playing this, I experienced a rare case of “love at first listen.” Literally, within the first few seconds of the opening track, I was captivated. Who could imagine that such a full, rich, powerful sound could come from 2 guitars, with no additional accompaniment? The energy manifested in these works is such that no other ingredients are needed for the mix. It’s a 2-piece puzzle that’s utterly complete. It’s a duo of strings, exhibiting the apparent chemistry that can be shared between musicians, and in this specific case, guitarists. It’s a raw, yet profound sound.

This album is a wonderful example of how sheer musicianship can take precedence over production. Some of these songs were recorded at Martino’s home, while others were recorded at live gigs. The intricate strumming, backed by equally powerful, yet very supportive chords, permeates the space, with need of no additional assistance, instrumentally. The fact that these songs were recorded in the 70’s is intriguing. This can be called a new album of old recordings. Yet, the sound is as fresh as if they’d just recently recorded it.

Irrespective of genre preference, anyone who loves good music should be able to appreciate the artistry that’s presented here.

All instrumental. Still, very lyrical.

Recommended: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (your choice)

1. Four on Six (5:30)
Wes Montgomery is, undoubtedly, the consummate jazz guitarist, by consensus. It’s unheard of, for anyone to perform a Wes Montgomery song just as well as Wes, himself. However, this duo accomplishes that task – seemingly, with ease. This is an amazing cover of an already amazing classic. Furious strumming throughout, with detailed notes that would definitely make Wes proud. Play this!

2. Alone Together (7:55)
Delicately soulful jazz bounce. More of the same lovely string plucking. Time well spent.

3. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?(3:15)
Pensive tune, suitable for its title. Starts off slow, with a solo guitar intro, until the supportive chords join at 0:08. Beautiful love ballad - without words, but very expressive in musical notes.

4. Sunny (6:49)
Great rendition of classic R&B standard by Bobby Hebb. It was covered by various luminaries, from Marvin Gaye to James Brown. A jazz cover was also done, by the incomparable Wes Montgomery. But this one, I dare say, tops Wes’ version.

5. Left…or Right (7:31)
Full on, free jam session. Backing chords get into a steady, slightly Brazilian groove at 3:40. Calm and relaxing, throughout.

6. The Visit (6:14)
You’ll be glad to have visited this. Delightful balance of rhythms between the chords and the lead. Audible pleasure. Powerful statements from the host guitar, with brilliant supporting rhythms.

7. One for My Baby (9:58)
Bluesy swing; steady chord backing, while the lead guitar wails its particular tale.

8. Israfel (8:20)
Energetic and busy. Up-tempo, with an extraordinary time signature. Great piece of music.

Librae Jackson (brother brae)

Track Listing
1.Four On Six 5.Left... Or Right
2.Alone Together 6.The Visit
3.What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life 7.One For My Baby
4.Sunny 8.Israfel