Guitarist Pat Martino and saxophonist James Carter might be separated in age by a generation but musically, they’re absolute equals—Martino is just as agile and innovative on his guitar as Carter is on his saxophone.
When Pat and James visited the KPLU performance studio they were accompanied by organist, Pat Bianchi and drummer, Carmen Intorre.
Host Abe Beeson talked to Martino about his amazing return to jazz after surgery on a brain aneurysm left him an amnesiac who didn’t know how to play guitar.
James Carter recounts his childhood fascination with the look and sound of saxophones and how that fascination led him to determine, at age 9, that he was going to be a saxophonist.
Along the way the band performs great versions of the jazz standards, Seven Come Eleven and ‘Round Midnight. They wrap up the session with a burning version of Martino’s composition, Inside Out.
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