Exposé Online banner

Flav Martin / Jerry Marotta — Soul Redemption
((Not on label) no#, 2018, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-09-04

Soul Redemption Cover art

I fell in love with Jerry Marotta’s drumming on Peter Gabriel’s second solo album. His use of toms as part of the patterns was distinctive, and not something I’d heard before. He made important contributions to other Gabriel albums, along with recordings by Hall & Oates, Joan Armatrading, Robert Fripp, and even Carly Simon. He was also great in Tony Levin’s band. Flav Martin I’d never heard of before this CD arrived in my mailbox. Apparently he’s a singer-songwriter with a reputation involving unusual ways of playing acoustic guitar. He combines finger-picking, tapping, and percussive techniques into an interesting and sometimes flashy style. Soul Redemption, however, doesn’t really exhibit much of that, concentrating on mellow songs with good percussion. The arrangements are filled out with bass and keyboards, along with the occasional harmonica or accordion, and the songs are uniformly mid-tempo affairs with hummable melodies. There are no unexpected turns or complexities, and Martin’s pleasant voice is inviting, whether in English or the occasional Portuguese or Spanish. One standout track is a cover of The Hollies’ classic “Tell It to My Face,” which has a Spanish flavor in the acoustic guitar and is partly sung in Spanish. It’s got a slightly faster tempo than the other songs, and features a bit of electric guitar that probably involves a tapping technique. All in all, the album cruises by in an inoffensive manner, nice enough but not really providing enough of a spark to encourage repeated listening. It’s well made and takes no chances, so in honesty I’m not the target audience for it — I like my music with an edge to it, with an element of risk. Still, for fans of good songwriting, it’s worth checking out the Bandcamp page to see if it appeals to you.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Flav Martin

More info
http://flavmartinjerrymarotta.bandcamp.com/releases

Latest news

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

2021-02-10
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Muffins - Chronometers – A strange release at first glance. One CD, 70 plus minutes, 21 tracks, one track is 23 minutes long. Hmmm. This is a compilation of outtakes and general weirdness from 1975. The Muffins are often...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues