Recorded at the Tin Angel in the Old City section of Philly, Nexus represents a rare look at jazz guitar master Pat Martino in the stripped down setting of duos with one of his most empathetic partners to date, pianist Jim Ridl. On Nexus Martino's signature voice is instantly revealed in these intimate recordings with Ridl, a longtime member of the guitarist's working quartet and a valued duet partner for ten years. This previously unissued material includes originals by Ridl and his interesting arrangement of Sonny Rollins' "Oleo." Also featured is Martino's legendary "Country Road," a tune well-known by guitarists from its famous transcription, but which is making its first appearance on a recording. Indeed, Nexus is a welcome addition to the Martino discography and a reminder of the remarkable rapport between the Philly jazz icon and the North Dakota native, two musicians who come from different generations and different parts of the country but very much speak the same language.
PAT MARTINO, guitar • JIM RIDL, piano
TRACKS: Recollection • Tenetree • Sun On My Hands • The Phineas Trane • Country Road • Interchange • Oleo • Naima
The Phineas Trane