Jazz From San Francisco
  • Crestview CRS 3075
    Crestview CRS 3075
  • Pat Britt
    Pat Britt

Pat Britt

Jazz From San Francisco

Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Pat Britt (as), Al Molina (tp), Bruce Wolf (v-tb), George Muribus (p), Len Lasher (b), Paul Distel, Buddy Barnhill (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1674

Bar code: 8427328616744

Born on January 18, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pat Britt’s musical odyssey began in San Mateo, California. Initially drawn to rhythm and blues, his passion for music blossomed when he discovered jazz at the age of 17. Despite a late start, Pat quickly mastered the saxophone, forging a path in the vibrant San Francisco jazz scene.

In 1957, a serendipitous encounter with Pete Douglas at his beach house on Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay, sparked a lifelong collaboration. Together, they pioneered what in 1966 it would  recome the renowned Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, a haven for jazz enthusiasts and musicians alike.

In 1965, Pat had formed his own quintet, which included his friends George Muribus on piano, Bruce Wolf, valve trombone; Len Lasher, bass; Paul Distel alternating with Buddy Barnhill, drums; and occasionally Al Molina, on trumpet. The following year with this lineup, Pat recorded his first album as a leader, but it wasn’t released until 1971. “We did some straight ahead pieces as well as a few blues tunes. It’s kind of unfortunate that the album had to sit in the can for so long. Since all the players on the date lived in the area, we decided to title the album ‘Jazz from San Francisco’.

From 1970 he moved to Los Angeles, where Pat’s musical prowess shone brightly, both as a performer and as a record producer. Until 2000 he graced stages across Los Angeles, leading his quintet and the Dirty Dozen band, leaving an indelible mark on the jazz landscape.

In 2005, Pat received recognition for his lasting impact on Bach and the jazz community at large. Pete Douglas fondly remembered Pat as the catalyst for their shared musical journey.

Following Pete’s passing in 2014, Pat’s spirit lived on through the Bach’s passionate members, who continued to uphold its musical legacy. Pat Britt’s unwavering dedication to jazz and his generous spirit will forever resonate in the hearts of all who were touched by his music. May he be remembered fondly.

—Jordi Pujol



Album details

01. Jim Beam Blues (Pat Britt) 5:27
02. Nancy (Pat Britt) 7:28
03. Let's Play (Pat Britt) 9:22
04. Ahmad's Turban (Al Molina) 3:58
05. Workin' at the Workshop (Pat Britt) 2:17
06. Young Bud (Pat Britt) 5:38
07. Bostwick's Little Bag (Pat Britt) 9:33

Total time: 43:43 min.

Originally released on 12-inch LP as “Jazz in San Francisco”
(Crestview Records CRS 3075)

Pat Britt, alto sax; Bruce Wolf, valve trombone; George Muribus, piano; Len Lasher, bass; Paul Distel or Buddy Barnhill (#4, 6, 7), drums. Guest: Al Molina, trumpet (only on #4).
Recorded in San Francisco, October 12, 1966

Original recordings produced by Michael Prescott
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2024 by Fresh Sound Records

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.
This CD is dedicated to the memory of Pat Britt and Pete Douglas

10,95 €  (tax incl.)

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