|Produced by Chick Corea|
|Released on 1988|
|US "TOP JAZZ" CHART POSITION #1|
|Find it at GEMM|
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T his early offshoot of the Chick Corea Elektric Band turned out to be one of 1988’s most pleasant surprises. Patches was still supposed to be cutting his teeth, not chewing through the jazz charts to number one. And while GRP was busy establishing itself as the jazz label of the new digital age, their acumen in letting John Patitucci run free so soon paid off. The bass guitar, historically, is not a rich avenue of musical exploration; low tones get lost and the tricks (funk slap, fuzz tone) are often dull double axels. The first John Patitucci disc is different by design, and you can thank the folks at Smith/Jackson for it. The Smith/Jackson 6-string featured on the front cover is played on all but a handful of tracks as a lead guitar. The fluid, sputtering, tripping, richly rendered sounds that emanate from this six-stringed appendage are a source of wonder throughout. Patitucci also plays an acoustic upright and literally “bows” to his current employer, Chick Corea, on “Zaragoza.” With Dave Weckl on drums, this is an Akoustic/Elektric session at its core half of the time. Double synthesizers (John Beasley, Dave Witham) give the music a modern edge not unlike the first Elektric album, though JP the Composer isn’t nearly as restless or chatty as Chick. The music is also very much in line with GRP’s brand at this point: smooth jazz with some edges, balladeering and barnstorming. Highlights include the opening “Growing,” “Baja Bajo” and a pair of tracks featuring Michael Brecker on tenor sax (“Peace & Quiet Time,” “Then & Now”). I wasn’t expecting a coming-out party this early, but Patches is clearly too large a talent to be contained. Based on this disc alone, his is a unique and interesting voice in the modern melodic/rhythmic fusion movement.
|GRD-9560 back sleeve|
JOHN PATITUCCI -- Smith/Jackson 6-string bass, Lag bass, acoustic bass, assistant producer, mixing
JOHN BEASLEY -- synthesizers, synth bass
CHICK COREA -- acoustic piano, Synclavier percussion, synthesizers, mixing
DAVE WITHAM -- synthesizers, synth bass, acoustic piano
Michael Brecker -- tenor saxophone
Vinnie Colaiuta -- drums, percussion
Peter Erskine -- drums
Rick Riso -- vocals (1)
Dave Weckl -- drums, percussion
Ron Moss -- executive album producer
Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen -- executive producers
Bernie Kirsh -- engineer, mixing
Glen Wexler -- photos
Andy Baltimore, Dan Serrano, David Gibb, Ivan Salgado & Dave Kunze -- album design
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