The accolade 'genius' doesn't often apply in popular music.
Aiming for a glorious twelfth
After a career that's lasted for well over a decade. and after recording a dozen albums, John Martyn seems set at last to change his musical status from cult guitarist to established performer.
Grace and danger aptly describe the poles of John Martyn's music.
Terry Lawson on sounds
One of pop's true originals is the British-bred Martyn, who began his career as something of a ballad-oriented folkie, but by incorporating a spatial jazz into his free-form compositions, settled on a style totally unique to these ears
John Martyn makes magic
First impressions, especially in the world of music, are not necessarily accurate. Take the case of John Martyn's Grace & Danger (Island) LP, for instance.
A '60s English folkie who spent the past decade slowly evolving his music into an eclectic blend of spacey jazz, rock, and folk sounds rooted in mystical imagery, Martyn here makes music of wonderous beauty.
Although he enjoys modest popularity in his native England, John Martyn is hardly a household name in America.
John Martyn, a Rediscovery
Martyn has just released Grace & Danger. Recorded with Tommy Eyre on keyboards (an original member of Mark-Almond), bassist John Giblin and ex-Genesis member Phil Collins, the album, though it contains frustratingly little acoustic guitar, meanders less than One World and may be as close to Solid Air as Martyn will allow himself to go at this stage.
Guitarist's work plumbs the depths of tonality
A strikingly innovative guitarist and imaginative songwriter, John Martyn has been experimenting with improvisation and tonality since his early days on the English folk scene.
Dopo tre anni di silenzio John Martyn pubblica il suo nuovo album, «Grace & Danger»; un disco in cui sono sapientemente filtrate ed amalgamate tutte le sue esperienze, compreso un anno trascorso in Giamaica; una ricca tela i cui colori tessono trame, spazi, luci.