Mad Dog Days

Two CD set of mainly live jazz folk genius from early ’70s to mid ’90s, plus DVD interview from last year. An apparent glut of releases from the pickled bard of the Echoplex should not deter one from exploring every nook and cranny of his oeuvre. Whether he’s getting all musoid in the studio with Dave Gilmour and Phil Collins in 1993 or spacing out with Danny Thompson and John Stevens live in ’75,the 17-minute “Outside In” is outrageously great. John Martyn brings a soulful dreaminess to everything he does. Best of all; the telepathic interplay between Martyn and Thompson on a 1986 performance of “One Day Without You”.

1 October 2004