Desperado (Pat Martino album)

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Studio album by Pat Martino
Released March 1970
Recorded March 9, 1970
Genre Jazz
Length 35:53
Label Prestige
Producer Bob Porter
Pat Martino chronology
Baiyina (The Clear Evidence)
(1968)Baiyina (The Clear Evidence)1968
The Visit!
(1972)The Visit!1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Desperado is a 1970 post-bop jazz album by Pat Martino.

“A key album in the shift in Pat Martino's sound at the end of the 60s -- with one foot in the soul jazz camp in which he got his start, and the other in the freer, open-minded style he used a lot in the 70s!”[2]


Jazz critic Scott Yanow described the album as “funky in spots, electric, and swinging when called for” and extols Martino’s performance as “consistently inventive"[3]

“Even this difficult instrument doesn’t dampen his proficiency.”[4]


Recorded at the legendary Rudy Van Gelder studios, Mr. Martino chose a 12 string guitar to define his interpretations of his own compositions and "Oleo" by Sonny Rollins.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Blackjack" (Martino) – 7:45
  2. "Dearborn Walk" (Martino)– 3:50
  3. "Oleo" (Sonny Rollins) – 4:53
  4. "Desperado" (Martino, Green) – 7:55
  5. "A Portrait of Diana" (Martino) – 4:30
  6. ”Express” (Martino) – 6:43

CD Reissue[edit]

Remastered versions of the album (one being from 1989) do not include any bonus tracks and are stereo versions of the original stereo recording.



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^
  3. ^ All Music Guide to Jazz –ISBN 0-87930-530-4
  4. ^ a b Desperado LP-7795 liner notes by Les Paul