East! is the third album by guitarist Pat Martino recorded in 1968 and released on the Prestige label.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Despite the title and the cover of this CD reissue (which makes it appear that the performances are greatly influenced by music of the Far East), the style played by guitarist Pat Martino’s quartet is very much in the hard bop tradition. Martino was already developing his own sound and is in excellent form with pianist Eddie Green, drummer Lenny McBrowne, and either Ben Tucker or Tyrone Brown on bass during two group originals, Benny Golson’s “Park Avenue Petite,” John Coltrane’s “Lazy Bird,” and the standard “Close Your Eyes.” It’s a good example of Pat Martino’s playing in his early period.
“East” (Tyrone Brown) – 12:47
“Trick” (Pat Martino) – 6:59
“Close Your Eyes” (Bernice Petkere) – 6:10
“Park Avenue Petite” (Benny Golson) – 5:50
“Lazy Bird” (John Coltrane) – 6:28
Pat Martino – guitar
Eddie Green – piano
Ben Tucker – bass, tambourine
Tyrone Brown – bass (track 1)
Lenny McBrowne – drums
Recorded: January 8, 1968
New York City
Producer: Don Schlitten
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