JOHN MARTYN has more musical riches than most of the people from the Top 10 put together. Unlike most artists tied down to familiar hit and asked-for numbers, Martyn marches ever onwards with music now far removed from his early folk-tinged days.
Jazz is perhaps the nearest form to his current explorations but such a wide term doesn't do really justice to his individualistic work. The music soars often like uncontrolled wind, yet marvellously kept in check, the rhythms frequently change, tempos are intermixed.
Most of his concert bore close relationship with his latest brilliant album, Inside Out. We heard Eibhli Ghail Chiuin Ni Chearbhail, So Much In Love and Fine Lines,1 to name three and for difference there was his incredibly good, Singin' In The Rain. Danny Thompson blends marvellously with Martyn on bass. Their understanding is itself worth a ticket.
1 Actually they printed Fun Lines.
This concert review was published in the Live section of Record Mirror of 20th October 1973, page 30. The concert date and location were not verified but as all the other reviews refer to London shows, my guess is they attended the Shaw Theatre on October 14th.