Pop and Jazz in Review
By JON PARELES
John Martyn The Bottom Line
The blues is a touchstone for John Martyn. In the blues, he found music that transmutes pain into beauty, music that initiates select listeners into a secret world of loneliness and danger. But he didn't become one more blues imitator. Instead, he forged a highly individual style from British folk songs, jazz, soul and his own eccentricities: music with pinpoint syncopated vamps under hazy, free-form vocals, in songs that contemplate death and mourn lost love.
John Martyn gamely moans, grimaces and jokes through his set to widespread indifference, weaving long, serene workouts which seem to drift on past the lifespans of most of the smaller arthropods.
Martyn live niet in creatieve impasse
UDEN - De Schotse zanger/gitarist John Martyn weet zich al enkele decennia zonder noemenswaardige hitsuccessen verzekerd van een vast publiek.
John Martyn betoverend
AMSTERDAM - Europa's belangrijkste popfotograaf, Anton Corbijn, portretteerde hem ooit als een in monnikspij weggedoken zonderling met een naar binnen gekeerde blik.
Martyn remains one of the best
THE SAYING goes that old hippies fade away. But John Martyn is the exception to the rule - as he proved at the Hexagon last night. After more than 20 years on the circuit he just gets better, turning in a tight and brilliant set.
Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow
APPARENTLY there are two John Martyns. There is the electric John Martyn and there is the acoustic John Martyn. Actually, there is a third John Martyn. There is Iain McGeachy, former pupil of Shawlands Academy, who went off to London in the 1960s to find fame and fortune as a folk singer and guitarist called John Martyn. He was back in Glasgow last night to deliver his customary measured performance to an audience who, judging by the age differences, were old and new friends.