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Listen here to my WDCB review of the new Pat Martino album.
This is how snazzily it reads:
Hi I’m Lloyd Sachs with a two-minute album review. Guitarist Pat Martino’s career can be divided into two periods: His years of brilliance before he suffered a brain aneurysm in 1980 and his years of returning to form as he recovered from the aneurysm, which required him to completely re-learn how to play.
As he demonstrated most recently with Undeniable, his 2011 album with tenorist Eric Alexander, Martino has recovered very well and then some, restablishing himself as one of the best jazz guitarists going. Listening to Alone Together, a new collection of mostly home recordings from the late ’70s featuring rhythm guitarist Bobby Rose, you get a stronger sense of his fierce originality, and the daunting speed with which he could show it off.
An intrepid innovator, Martino took his…
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A fascinating condition of the mind that some composers, musicians AND piano tuners experience is auditory-visual synaesthesia (spelled also “synesthesia”). They SEE sound (in their mind’s eye) simultaneously upon hearing it. This is no pataphor, but an actual cause and effect stimulation in the brain which has been verified using functional MRI scanning.
For myself, piano tones appear as a kind of shaft of light, glass, or jewels. When a piano unison (single key) is quite out of tune, the shaft is very busy with seemingly colliding and clashing frequencies of light which mingle non-complementing colors. Its borders and margins are not well-defined either. It would look a bit like television-snow with a sort of grotesque mix of colors thrown in. However, when a unison is perfectly in tune the image clarifies and a single hue dominates. Instead of the busy static, the light is clear and glows warmly with…
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