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Album Review

Pat Martino's fourth of five Prestige albums contains plenty of intriguing music. The innovative guitarist is joined by Bobby Rose on second guitar, Gregory Herbert on alto and flute (making his recording debut), bassist Richard Davis, drummer Charlie Persip, Reggie Ferguson on tabla, and Balakrishna on tamboura. Together they perform Martino's four-part suite, whose sections are named after aspects of the Koran. The use of Indian instruments, drones, and unusual time signatures (including 7/4, 9/4, and 10/8) gives the performances the flavor of early fusion, and some of the effects sound a bit dated. However, the results were not overtly commercial, and the leader gets in several noteworthy improvisations.

Customer Reviews


I heard this record about 15 years ago, and I could not believe that someone was able to create music like this. This recording has the compelling quality of sound that you will here quite rarely. It's like a genre of music that you only dreamed about. Plus Pat's chops are unrellenting, and the solos are quite melodic. memorize the whole album. I beg you.

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One of the most interesting recordings EVER. Every time I listen to this I am completely sucked in and can't stop listeneing to the intricacies and compelling nature of the ideas and dynamics of this album. I first heard it about 16 years ago and still listen to it.

never gets old

this album is WAY ahead of anything ever done before. Every time i listen to this album I am left jaw on the ground wondering how pat came up with these tunes, no less using a second guitar, tablas, tanpura, and some woodwinds. just great stuff... in fact i am going to listen to it right now.


Born: August 25, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most original of the jazz-based guitarists to emerge in the 1960s, Pat Martino made a remarkable comeback after brain surgery in 1980 to correct an aneurysm caused him to lose his memory and completely forget how to play. It took years, but he regained his ability, partly by listening to his older records. Martino began playing professionally when he was 15. He worked early on with groups led by Willis Jackson, Red Holloway, and a series of organists, including Don Patterson, Jimmy Smith,...
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