Back in 1972, when he was still in his twenties, guitarist Pat Martino recorded an album in appreciation of his guitar hero, Wes Montgomery. 23 years later, Martino has returned to the fount with his cd Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery.
Pat Martino actually met Wes Montgomery as a 14-year old boy and later would sit in front of his record player and try to copy Montgomery´s solos note-for-note. But of course there has always been much more to Martino,s playing than mere emulation, and today he is considered one of the most talented and influential jazz guitarists of all time. His current stature among jazz guitarist's is made even more remarkable by the fact that he has recovered from a devastating brain-aneurysm that he suffered back in 1980. He effectively learned to play the guitar again from scratch and nevertheless reclaimed his position as one of the finest contemporary guitarists in jazz.
With his latest release Martino explains, "I'm trying to recapture what a little boy wanted to accomplish. . . This album gave me a chance to return to what I loved. I had never done that in my career until this album."