Elsewhere in the 'reliable chaps in need of a break' field there's John Martyn, who has been tipped for greatness for two decades
This fellow is anything but an apprentice, a musician of the highest order who is prepared to take chances with his music.
Sounds around town
Pop Album of the Week: John Martyn: Foundations (Island).
This live album puts Martyn and a very accomplished band right in your room, ably performing an eclectic array of tunes from Johnny Too Bad to Over the Rainbow.
Island (LP, cassette, CD)
After 21 years on the road and 20 albums behind him, Glasgow-born (1948) singer-songwriter John Martyn has become a key figure in British pop and blues music.
A live album, Foundations brings into focus the many elements that Martyn has synthesized into a distinctive style - from his earliest folk roots progressing through rock, blues, reggae and jazz.
John Martyn has spent 20 years falling between the cracks in the rock, folk and jazz marketplace.