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Martin, Felix: Live in Boston

"A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Felix Martin writes and performs an eclectic, exhilarating hybrid of instrumental prog-metal, jazz, fusion and world music on an instrument he invented himself the 14-string guitar, which combines two left-handed 7-string guitars on one wide neck that allows him to play both guitars simultaneously, allowing for his unique system of 8-finger chords and slap-tapping techniques." Thus speaks Prosthetic Records. Obviously guitar based instrumental records are very, very niche indeed and when done badly are utterly tortuous to listen to. Live in Boston isn't.

It is most certainly a challenging listen, not the kind of disc you could put on in the background nor is it the kind of album you could stick on in the car or at a dinner party with friends unless your friends also read this website on a regular basis! With JP Bouvet whipping up powerful rhythms on drums and Alejandro Zorilla locking down the bass I can't imagine that there will be any better jazz fusion albums this year. The best thing about the album is that although clearly Martin can play incredibly fast he doesn't feel the need to overdo it which is why "September 42nd" stands out.

Highly recommended.

Track Listing:
1. High Spirit 6:17
2. Spam I 3:19
3. Buttet 5:06
4. Sneak In Jam (Experimental-Dubstep) 5:54
5. The Triangle Tune 7:20
6. September 42nd 5:33
7. Humanoid 8:12
8. Radar 5:09
9. 2AM (Metal Jazz) 6:08

Added: September 25th 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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