PMR-009 "Pass It On" © 1976

Pat La Barbera
Tenor and Soprano Saxophones and Flute
Richard Beirach
Acoustic Piano
Don Thompson
Acoustic piano
Gene Perla
Acoustic bass
Joe La Barbera

Pass It On 6:55
Princess Road 6:53
Up Loose 7:19
Little Lady 5:35
Cellar Muse 5:15
Aurobindo 7:07

All Compositions by Pat La Barbera

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Pass It On
Princess Road
Up Loose
Little Lady
Cellar Muse

This album captures Pat interpreting his own music in company with younger brother Joe LaBarbera, alternately pianists Richard Beirach (Side 1) and Don Thompson (Side 2), and bassist Gene Perla, who also produced the session. “Pass It On” is a good post-Coltrane material, with interesting tunes, lots of drive and room for inspired soloing.
Jazz Forum

There are, of course, a great number of Coltrane-inspired tenor players on the scene these days, most of them indistinguishable. The best of them have managed to carve some kind of identity for themselves out of the Coltrane legacy; among this elite group [is] Pat LaBarbera… LaBarbera’s Pass It On focuses on the blazing reeds that have fronted Elvin Jones’ band for the last few years… Pat bares savage chops on the title cut, as well as on “Up Loose” and “Cellar Muse,” which recreates the basement jams that once shook the LaBarbera family homestead.
Bill Bennett, Radio Free Jazz

There are… mellow dimensions to LaBarbera’s vigorous tenor outings on the title track and “Up Loose.” Even though streams of notes tumble from the bell of his horn, the cascades trace graceful trajectories. This melodic quality is accentuated by his warm roundish sound… The music… is more than an exploration of the free approach. It is a warm evocation of brotherly affection and fondly recalled memories.
Chuck Berg, Down Beat

The flavor of this album is very much of early 60’s John Coltrane. Not only does Pat sound like his mentor on tenor and soprano sax, but his brother Joe, the drummer on these tracks, shows the influence of Elvin Jones.

Despite the obvious similarities, this album has a life of its own. All tunes are well thought out originals. Pat is inspired on both saxes and flutes; brother Joe is both supportive, and on “Aurobindo” and “Up Loose” proves to be a powerful catalyst. Pianists Richie Beirach and Don Thompson, and bassist Gene Perla flow easily and comfortably with the music, lending a harmonious feeling to the date. This is a promising maiden voyage.
Bob Rosenblum, All About Jazz


"Currently a member of the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, the Canadian reed man has an impressive pedigree including study at Berklee College and stints with the bands of Woody Herman, Louis Bellson and Buddy Rich."
Jazz Forum

"His playing exhibits a continual flow of ideas which are forcefully and neatly executed."
Candence Magazine

"Integrity of style, interpreting the music in an individual and sincere manner."
Buffalo Jazz Report

"There are mellow dimensions to LaBarbera's vigorous tenor outings. Streams of notes tumble from the bell of his horn tracing graceful trajectories. The melodic quality is accentuated by his warm roundish sound."
down beat

"Formerly a big-toned tenor saxophonist in the Roll ins/Gordon tradition, Pat has become one of the most effective players in the Coltrane idiom."
Radio Free Jazz

PMR-011-S "From Canada With Love" © 1976


Bernie Senensky + Doug Riley + Don Thompson + Pat LaBarbera + Ed Bickert
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