Bob Martin | 11:11

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by Bob Martin

Ambient, acoustic guitar and percussion music. Great for zoning out to. Relaxing and exhilarating guitar music.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Treefrog
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2. Kite
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3. Eleven Eleven
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4. Steve's Web
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5. Dec 31
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6. 4 Am
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Album Notes
A DIFFERENT BOB: This is a different Bob Martin from the fellow offering Working Man, Next To Nothing and The River Turns The Wheel.

THIS Bob Martin
Fans of the seminal 1980s band Personal Effects will recognize Bob Martin as the guitarist and one of its founding members. Based in Rochester, NY, Personal Effects had regional and national success in the club scene and on college radio. They released half a dozen records and earned rave reviews from the underground and mainstream press alike.

Although Personal Effects disbanded at the end of the 80s, former members Paul Dodd, Peggi Fournier and Bob Martin have formed, together with bassist Ken Frank, Margaret Explosion. They play ambient, other-worldly jazz in the form of completely improvised compositions, and have released several albums including Skyhigh, their most recent.

In addition to endeavors with his band, Bob continues to write and produce guitar-based music for performance and recordings, films and special projects. 11:11, his first solo release, has enjoyed success with those involved in the healing arts, including massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and yoga instructors.

From City Newspaper, Rochester, NY, December 2006:
" ...Martin's lush wash of six-stringed layers that suggest a big, big sky...And when Martin solos, extant melodies sometime bubble to the surface. It's like faces in the sky; you stare at clouds long enough you're bound to see someone you know."
Frank DeBlase

If you like the music of Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, Eberhard Weber, etc, check Bob Martin out.

There's no music that's easier to get lost in or drift away on than these extended acoustic excursions. From the first song, you'll be transported to places that will leave your hectic world behind.

TREEFROG begins the album by placing you in a rain forest. The song unfolds very slowly to ease you into a state of total relaxation.

KITE picks things up slightly and is evocative of a kite dancing on the wind.

ELEVEN ELEVEN is an 18 minute meditative tone poem that builds in density over the length of the song.

STEVE'S WEB, a 16 second song, transitions you from the depth of Eleven Eleven to the somewhat jaunty Dec. 31. It was written as an intro to the web site of a friend who builds guitars, Steve Andersen.

DEC 31 keeps the pace up a little with a percussive stroll through an arid climate.

4 AM is named for the very quiet time it was written. With a slightly different arrangement, this song also appears on Margaret Explosion's Skyhigh.


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Gary Hayden

A Real Find and a real 5 star album
Bob Martin was a total unknown to me. However, when looking at CdBaby this CD came up on a search when I looked up various more established artists who's music I liked. So I sampled the tracks and knew it was something for me right away.
I don't recall specifically which artists I was looking up when this gem popped up-I believe it was some of the artists who record for the ECM label, though I wouldn't compare Mr Martin to anyone specifically that records for that label, apart from perhaps some very early Pat Metheny (around the "Watercolors" and "New Chautauqua" era). If you like those 2 recordings, then I highly recommend this.
Martin uses primarily acoustic guitars along with occasionally very clean sounding electric guitar (a very warm and beautifully jazzy sound).
There's also at times an abundance of hand percussion-and since no other players are credited it appears that the percussion is possibly from a software computer program, though very acoustic and human sounding for sure. I'm not sure where the bass sound is from-either Martin playing an electric bass himself, using samples, or maybe even a bass setting on a guitar synthesizer.The notes don't make this real clear.
At times you have long pieces of jungle percussion and acoustic guitars which sound like an epic journey through a rainforest. Other selections are beautifully quiet-like something that you might hear on a really good Windham Hill recording from the early 1980's-but actually better (at least to me) and more evocative than the artists that label featured back when it was new and only featured "New Age" music. Once in awhile, a jazzy piece comes using scales and chords closer to some more mainstream jazz artists. This is ALL done quite amazingly. Martin never makes a misstep here-and this album covers a lot of ground without losing a unified vision. There some beautifully quiet, ethereal pieces, and i'm very glad to see that Martin is not afraid to lay down very long pieces that allow the listener to lose oneself in the music without it ending prematurely.
The date on this appears to be from 2002. Well it took me nearly a decade to discover it, but it really is timeless. There's nothing dated on this that would ever prevent me from enjoying it just as much 30 years from now.
If only Mr Martin would do some more recordings...