John Patitucci - John Patitucci

GRP Records © 1988

Featuring: John Patitucci, bass; Dave Weckl, drums, percussion; Peter Erskine, drums; Vinnie Colaiuta, drums; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone; Chick Corea, keyboards; John Beasley, keyboards; David Witham, keyboards; Rick Riso, vocals

Stepping out from the shadows of Chick Corea's Elektric and Akoustic bands, Patitucci made a pleasing solo debut here largely on the strength of his brilliant up-front soloing on electric and acoustic basses. Adept at the popular funk slapping manner on electric bass, darting fluidly and jaggedly up high on the Smith/Jackson five-string bass, Patitucci always executes with the moves and body English of a bass player even when his instrument is up in the guitar range. Patitucci's compositions are pretty good, too, thoughtful and not too reliant upon jazz-rock cliches. He gets a lot of expert help from a variety of hot sidemen, including the astonishing Chick himself (who also produced the package), Chick's drummer Dave Weckl, other drummers like Peter Erskine and Vinnie Colaiuta, and the heated tenor sax of Michael Brecker. Without a doubt, this first opus enhanced Patitucci's developing reputation at the time.

Richard S. Ginell,

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