This is an exquisite recording. One of the most anticipated releases of the year, it is as amazing as Martino fans expected. Those of you new to the magic of Pat Martino will find this a wonderful launching point into his musical mind. Here, Martino, one of the icons of jazz guitar, pays tribute to one of his heroes, the equally iconic Wes Montgomery. The result is, as one might expect from such a pairing, spectacular. Backed by pianist David Kikoski, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Scott Allan Robinson and percussionist Daniel Sadownick, Martino is fluid, captivating and intriguing throughout.
From the galloping "Four On Six" that opens, to the Montgomery chestnut "West Coast Blues" to the lyrical "If I Should Lose You," this tribute to Montgomery is a gorgeous fete. On "Groove Yard" the Montgomery thumb style is evident, while on "Heart Strings" the ghost of Montgomery is seemingly resurrected.
The accompanying cast is equal to the challenges of playing with the master guitarist. "Twisted Blues" is a particularly impressive stretch out for all involved. On "Road Song," a tune that allows Martino to play with Montgomery’s finger stretching octaves, Kikowski and the percussionists shines and on "SKJ" Pattituci takes a solo that points to his mastery of the instrument.
Sam Jones’ "Unit Seven" takes the session out with Martino’s fluid guitar work reminding once again of his total command of the instrument. This is one of the most exciting guitar albums of the past few years.