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Martone - Zone - 1999 - Lion Records

Zone by Martone, aka David d Marton, is packed with some of the finest and widely diverse guitar playing I have heard in 1999. Marton can shred, do awesome jazzy fusion numbers, then mellow out incredibly well. Great bass, keys, and drumming serve to augment the endlessly satisfying breadth of talent and technique Marton flaunts with ease. This guy deserves to be heard! I play this one very regularly. And now the specifics . . . All the compositions are written with uniqueness in mind, the typical “guitar-hero”, testosterone-driven, wall-to-wall noise avoided. Canada’s Martone is keen on keeping the listener on their toes, plenty of twists and turns, time sigs sprinkled about like a Monet’s myriad dots of color. Up close things might seem whole-tonally confusing, eclectically ambiguous, but in totality -- the effect is beautiful. Herein we have 13 tracks of fine art. Do not misunderstand me, this is not music for pastel-spectacled weenies --Zone breathes fusion fire, belches tremors of bone-crunching edge, and hypnotizes you as the rainbow-hued talons grip your acoustic soul. This is one fun ride of rocking, hard fusion with enuff overdriven power and fluid-fretted grace to make even the most jaded listener stop and say, “Whoa baby, who’s this?” Those of you out there tired of banal riffage and ennui-full scores that you see coming after the first bar -- need to hear Martone. Buy this, so we will hear much more from this fine artist. Paul Marton helps out on keys and sound FX. Justin Faragher is bass and Stick. Dave Devin and Dave Spidel add more bass. Bill Prouten is sax. Daniel Adair is one awesome drummer and percussionist. Tracks “B52” spinning at 6:30 and “7th Dimension” weighing in at 11:20 were simply amazing, allowing Marton to show his superb legato, precision timing, and behemoth, low-end crunch. David et al, trust me, these tracks are killer and show the direction your future releases should emphasize and expand upon. I hear Martone, easily executing 15:00+ songs that will slay the masses in progressive rock/metal gangs, jazz fusion circles, and power shredders world-wide. “Bravo and tres bon, monsieur Marton!” Highest of recommendations! © John W. Patterson © http://eer-music.com/reviews/martone.html

Mix the playing styles of guitarists like Wayne Krantz, Buckethead, Michael Landau, Frank Zappa, and Greg Howe together and you would be coming near to the sound and style of Dave Martone. Yet, this guy’s style is so eclectic and unique that he really can’t be compared to any modern guitarist. Dave blends country, metal, rock, blues, jazz, fusion, and rock together to produce an enthralling sound. Dave has played, hosted clinics or performed with artists that include Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Joe Satriani, Chester Thompson, Mike Portnoy, and Gregg Bissonette. Dave was credited on Joe Satriani’s “Super Colossal” album. Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Jennifer Batten, Billy Sheehan and Rick Fierbracci were guest players on Dave’s “Clean” album. “Zone” may be Dave’s most eclectic album and is not the album that best displays his guitar skills, however it’s a great album with wonderful musicianship and compositional skills. Dave has said, “How fast can people play anymore? I think it’s humanly impossible to go any faster. So I’m getting a little bit more into textures, and I want to integrate lots of different styles inside of the music, you know, like techno to country, flamenco to metal, and mix it all together.” This is more or less what has been achieved with “Zone”. Diverse, but hugely enjoyable and HR by A.O.O.F.C. Check out http://davemartone.com/?page_id=19 for info on Dave Martone’s other work. Buy Dave Martone’s great “Clean” album and check out Martone’s “A Demons Dream” on this blog. Read an interview with Dave Martone @ http://www.guitar9.com/interview27.html Support real music. N:B: Dave Martone usually uses only his surname on his album sleeves, so he may be filed under D or M! [Tracks @ 154-181 Kbps: File size = 75.4 Mb]


1. B52 (6:30)
2. Harmonix (2:25)
3. 7th Dimension (11:20)
4. Missed Birthday (1:55)
5. The Fan (5:57)
6. Fish To LA (6:59)
7. Tap Thang (1:24)
8. Free Bop (5:19)
9. Jazzanada (1:31)
10. Victoria (4:43)
11. Bach-Tone (3:51)
12. Dave Martone - Eight Notes (7:01)
13. Dave Martone - Lets Dream (2:25)

All tracks composed by Paul & Dave Martone


Guitar: Dave Martone
Bass: Dave Devin, Justin Faragher, David Spidel
Stick: Justin Faragher
Keyboards: Paul Martone
Drums: Daniel Adair
Percussion: Daniel Adair


Dave Martone (born January 16, 1970) is a Canadian fusion guitarist and record producer, based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Over his career, Martone has performed alongside artists including: Michael Angelo Batio, Jennifer Batten, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Greg Howe, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mike Portnoy, Chester Thompson, Joe Satriani and Billy Sheehan. Martone was born in Grimsby, Ontario. He began learning guitar at the age of 6. His father, who is also a guitarist, taught him Classical guitar and then had a teacher from Spain (Gary Santucci) teach him Classical and Flamenco. After taking lessons with Santucci, and discovering heavy metal music, he learned in his parent's basement with cassette tapes, guitar magazines, and self-instructions books. The first rock song he had learned by ear was "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath from their greatest hits record. He obtained a recording engineering diploma from Fanshawe College in Ontario in 1990, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied with Jon Finn, Joe Stump, Jim Kelly and Bruce Bartlett, with a performance major in 1995. Popular guitar players who have inspired and influenced him to play guitar are Angus Young, Gary Moore,Tony MacAlpine,Tony Iommi and Edward Van Halen. Martone conducts clinics at Berklee, which he has been doing since his graduation. His solo project, Martone, which is composed of him, Daniel Adair and Dave Spidel, is signed to Magna Carta Records. Martone has worked for Tom Lee Music and the National Guitar Workshop as an instructor, and continues to instruct through clinics worldwide. He has been directing the Tom Lee Music School of Rock program in Vancouver since 2003, and has hosted the Satch Zone guitar instructional online lessons alongside Joe Satriani through Workshop Live. From 2001 to 2011, he was a bi-monthly columnist for guitar9.com, writing about production, recording, equipment, and playing techniques. Martone is endorsed by Cakewalk, Digitech, Electro-Voice, GHS, Parker Guitars and Vox. He also owns and operates Brainworks Studio, located in Vancouver.

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