Song of The Day: Pat Martino – Baiyina

The titular lead off cut from Martino’s 1968 Prestige Records release, subtitled: A¬†Psychedelic Excursion Through The¬†Magical Mysteries of The Koran. Mind melting, eastern modal psych, on par with the best of Gabor Szabo (my recent posting of whom, undoubtedly returned me to this perennial favorite). While Martino has a large and varied catalog, Baiyana is the one that has always most appealed to my sensibility, hitting that psychedelic drone zone groove that always gets me. In fact, I’ll go so far as to compare this to some of the more melodic passages on my total godhead album, Pharoah Sanders, Tauhid. Third eye, Jazz Raga stunner.

  • Pat Martino – guitar
  • Gregory Herbert – alto sax, flute
  • Khalil Balakrishna – tambura
  • Bobby Rose – guitar
  • Richard Davis – bass
  • Charlie Persip – drums
  • Reggie Ferguson – tabla


Happy birthday to the Dark Horse, George Harrison

No music collection should be complete without a copy of All Things Must Pass

and that’s George, not Paul, on the oft copied bassline in Taxman

A trio of of George’s finest Raga moments

and his 1968 soundtrack to the movie Wonderwall, again heavily Raga influenced

let’s not forget his pioneering work with the Moog synthesizer on the 1969 album, Electronic Sound.