Pat Martino (born August 25, 1944) is an Italian-American jazz guitarist and composer within the post-bop, fusion, mainstream jazz and soul jazz idioms. He is noted for his mathematical approach to the instrument (he has released textbooks such as Linear Expressions ) and advanced knowledge of music and jazz theory. Technically highly proficient, he plays with a brisk but loose picking style.
Martino was born Pat Azzara in South Philadelphia. He began playing professionally at the age of 15 after moving to New York City. He resided for a period with Les Paul, and began playing at jazz clubs such as Smalls Paradise. He later moved into a suite in the President Hotel on 48th Street.
Martino played and recorded early in his career with musicians such as Willis Jackson and Eric Kloss. He also worked with jazz organists, including Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Tony Monaco, Trudy Pitts, Jimmy Smith, Gene Ludwig, Don Patterson, Richard "Groove" Holmes. Throughout the 1960s and...
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