RIP John Martyn

One of my best musical memories is of John Martyn and Danny Thompson playing through Solid Air at the Cropredy festival – I forget the year, it was during the Eighties. A magical summer evening. News of Martyn’s death came today in a brief entry on his web site.

What can I say? I love his music for its individuality, depth, emotion, jazzy edginess, and yearning.

Solid Air may be his greatest work but my own favourite albums are Sunday’s Child and Inside Out.

Solid Air was written for Nick Drake; I hope someone writes an equally beautiful song for John.

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