John Patitucci - On the Corner

GRP Records © 1989

Featuring: John Patitucci, bass; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone; Kirk Whalum, tenor saxophone; Eric Marienthal, soprano saxophone; Chick Corea, piano; John Beasley, keyboards; David Witham, keyboards; Paul Jackson Jr., guitar; Judd Miller, electronics; Al Foster, drums; Vinnie Colaiuta, drums; Dave Weckl, drums; Jay Oliver, percussion; Alfie Silas, Howard McCrary, Phyllis St. James, Rick Riso, vocals

Since the passing of Jaco Pastorius, the chair of the electric bass messiah has been vacant, but John Patitucci, who came to international notice with Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, seems to be deputising until the real thing comes along. Like a thousand other bassists of his generation, Patitucci has successfully absorbed the dis­coveries of Pastorius and Stanley Clarke, and his section work fol­lows the industry standard. But it’s as a soloist that he promises special distinction. He has enor­mous technique, compelling melodic gifts and a unique sound. His guitaristic high regis­ter improvisations employ an unequivocally jazz-oriented voca­bulary, and at times one is re­minded of the inside/outside lines of acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh. (...)

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