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Dave is a very versatile canadian guitar player. He tours and plays a lot, you can find him on a lot of various compilations (Guitarapalooza (I and II), Guitar On The Edge (3)) or tributes (Joe Satriani (with the best cover of the CD : Crush Of Love), Jason Becker Tribute). His style is very particular as he was one of the first to use his instrument ... to the edge ! Indeed, he always tries (or is this natural ?) to lead the listener to place he is not used going.
His music is very refreshing with mind blowing technic and catchy melodies. I haven't heard all his work but what I heard is worth listening. Here is a non exhaustive list of his discography.


Shut Up 'n Listen (1995)

I'm a bit surprised not to have discovered this awesome guitar player before. Hey man, this CD is dated 1995 and is very good. It begins with a very joyfull Pigeon Walk and then this very particular track : Playing Between The Molecules Of Time. Sereval things have caught my attention. Firstly, Dave has really a good technic, especially his tapping and alternate picking, but he never forgets to build his song, it's sometimes progressive, and always well orchestrated. No doubt, Dave knows how to write music. I very much like all his melodies, as it evoques me (for who knows which reason !) space and galaxy. Other tunes mixe several elements and gives a kind of fusion through which filtered an obvious love of music.

Although Dave is very talented and uses a lot of strange licks, he always takes the time to make music. This is what I'm very tempted to call ... a strength.

 

Extract :    Palpitation


Zone (1999)

By Guitar9

Zone finds ace guitarist David Martone stretching himself towards a more progressive sound compared with his first release, "Shut Up N' Listen", incorporating jazz and industrial influences, while continuing to provide the trademark Martone shred soloing and heavy rhythm work throughout the CD. Zone also features some beautiful slower interludes, such as "Harmonix" and "Missed Birthday", while instrumentals such as "B52" and "Free Bop" pack a furious punch -- air guitarists will tie their fingers in knots trying to keep up. An essential instrumental release marked by its celebration of musical diversity.

 

   David Martone

Guitar

   Paul Martone

Keyboards

   Justin Faragher, Dave Devin, Dave Spidel

Bass

   Bill Prouten

Sax

   Daniel Adair

Keyboards

 


A Demons Dream (2002)

par FX

Le Canadien roi de la 6 cordes est de retour. Après une longue attente après " Zone " son second album, Dave est de retour et il le prouve avec un album qui est selon moi le plus abouti et qui repousse encore plus la limite. Dave mélange les sonorités modernes du genres drum and bass et grosse guitare. Mais il ne s'arrête pas là, il mixe sur un même morceau guitare acoustique et distorsion de guitare électrique. Je me suis vraiment mangé un putain de grosse claque à l'écoute de cette galette. On retrouve aussi le titre que Dave avait réalisé pour la compilation de Matt Williams " The Alchemists ". De plus mes chers amis sachez que la galette va sortir chez Lion Music pour une distribution européenne. Alors elle est pas belle la vie ??? Vous retrouverez aussi une interview de Dave dans les jours qui vont venir.

 

L'avis de Fabien

Le style Martone résumé en un morceau : unique, virtuose, étrange, envoûtant. Ce morceau, c'est Big Church qui ouvre l'album. Dans la masse de disques instrus qui sortent tous les mois, celui-là est vraiment à part, si vous ne devez en acheter qu'un, je ne saurais que trop vous conseiller cette merveille.

 

Extract :    Big Church


When The Aliens Come (2007)

By Guitar9

If you thought that Canadian rock started and ended with Rush, Saga or Triumph, think again. Canadian guitar virtuoso, Dave Martone is a force to be reckoned with. He has recorded several excellent albums with influences which range from straight ahead rock and progressive metal to more experimental tones. When The Aliens Come is 13 tracks full of crunching guitars with the song writing emphasis on maintaining an element of the future. Dave comments, "My goal was, first off, to complete it. I did a DVD in the middle and that took some time. The main concept of the album is trying to envision what music of the future might be. Trying to imagine that I could hop in some alien space ship 400 years from now and see what was playing on their I-pod equivalent!" Dave used everyday life as inspiration for the album, "There are so many things we go through on a day to day basis. Being able to capture them sonically is quite challenging. Sometimes it is quite easy." When The Aliens Come showcases what the guitar is capable of in the right hands in 2007 and may just show where the guitar is heading in the future.

 

   David Martone

Guitar, Keyboards, Bass on “Pung Yao”

   Dave Spidel

Bass

   Daniel Adair

Drums, Percussion, Bass on “Maneemanaw”

   Gene Hoglan

Drums on “Fumble Fingers”

   Cassius Khan

Tablas

   Nenah Barkley

Vocals on “Double FF’s”

   Prashant Aswani, Chris Buono, James Hogan, Terry Syrek

Guest Guitar Solos

 


Clean (2008)

By TrueMetal

Torna a farsi sentire Dave Martone, sorprendente chitarrista canadese non ancora molto noto al grande pubblico che, nel corso del 2007, aveva saputo dare un saggio di notevole destrezza ed abilità con un album, ”When The Alien Comes”, semplicemente superbo, infarcito di tanta tecnica ma parimenti gradevolissimo e scorrevole, facile ed intelligibile anche alle orecchie di chi, con tapping, scale pentatoniche, sweep picking ed altre diavolerie, non ha grandissima confidenza.

“Clean” è il passo numero cinque della brillante carriera dell’artista nordamericano - primo per la Magna Carta, label da sempre sinonimo di qualità e ricercatezza in ambito progressivo / strumentale - ed è, manco a dirlo, un magistrale disco della conferma, un altro saggio di bravura e classe che oltretutto, è questa volta omaggiato dalla presenza di una serie di collaborazioni illustrissime ed altamente insigni. Joe Satriani, Jennifer Batten, Greg Howe e Billy Sheenan, nomi che davvero non necessitano di presentazioni, accorrono prontamente a dare manforte al collega di virtuosisimi, arricchendo così di altri motivi d’interesse, un platter che non potrà non suscitare istinti d’ammirazione e curiosità da parte dei tanti shred-maniac ed amanti delle opere incentrate sulla magia delle sei corde.

Caratteristica principale e fondamentale è, come detto, la capacità di Martone di sprigionare con i propri brani, un caleidoscopio di emozioni e colori, un variegato universo che pare essersi liberato quasi definitivamente dell’ombra, ingombrante ma mai negata, del grande Satriani (artista dalla cui produzione Dave ha più volte attinto e preso spunto).

Il maestro, infatti, è citato in modo esplicito solo in pochi e discontinui frammenti (le stupende “Nail Grinder”, non a caso pezzo in cui i due collaborano, ed “Angel Fish”) preferendo forse riservare il tributo solo a quell’alone di vivida positività ed alle atmosfere cariche di gioia e spensieratezza, riconosciute ormai come tipiche delle ambientazioni care al celebre “Professor Satchafunkilus”.

In una scaletta ben assortita ma meno pantagruelica rispetto al precedente capitolo, emergono così alcuni piccoli capolavori di ottima musica strumentale, accattivante, briosa e ben di rado soggetta a momenti di stanca o monotonia. Una velocità d’esecuzione a tratti mostruosa ed una verve scardinante, sono la base di tracce come l’adorabile “The Goodie Squigee Song” (sontuoso il cambio di tempo centrale che ha l’effetto, improvviso e mozzafiato, di un raggio di sole venuto a squarciare le nuvole), la flamencata “Bossa Dorado”, la stratosferica “Dinky Pinky” (immane il lavoro al basso di Billy Sheenan) e la nervosa “Turn On The Heater”, quattro pezzi che da soli, valgono tranquillamente l’acquisto dell’album.

on da meno le altre perle “Hard Wired” e “Moron Face” (impreziosite dall’estro di Greg Howe e Jennifer Batten), a cavallo tra assalti heavy e sfrontate evoluzioni jazzistiche in un groviglio di note dal fascino esaltante, in cui l’enfatizzazione dei suoni più potenti gioca un ruolo fondamentale.

Completano la tracklist “Coming Clean”, “If a Was A Piano” e la conclusiva “Fading Into Change”, situazioni di maggior relax studiate per mettere in luce la sensibilità di un artista dal talento cristallino e dall’eccellente feeling, erede ormai definitivo del già più volte menzionato mr. Joe Satriani.

Poco da aggiungere dunque. Chiunque ami il chitarrismo tecnico ma non esasperato, la capacità strumentale in grado di dare emozioni e gli album in cui la mente è libera di correre stimolata da mille suggestioni, si rivolga fiducioso alla nuova creatura di Dave Martone. Gli elementi per trarre soddisfazioni a raffica ci sono tutti ed il piatto, sostanzioso e ricco come d’abitudine, sazierà anche i più esigenti in materia di funambolismi ed acrobazie.

 

●   David Martone

Guitar

●   Dave Spidel, Billy Sheehan, Ric Fierabracci

Bass

●   Daniel Adair

Drums

●   Joe Satriani, Jennifer Batten, Greg Howe

Guest Guitar Solos

 


with Synesthesia


Synesthesia (1999)

By Guitar9

"Synesthesia", the album, is an acoustic instrumental project combining the guitar artistry of Navid Nikbakht and David Martone to create a unique and individual recording. Nikbakht and Martone each bring their own individual set of influences to this group, which also includes producer/percussionist Christoph Bracher. Using elements of Latin, Asian, Jazz and Rock, "Synesthesia"'s self-titled album has already found many fans worldwide. Canadian born David Martone has been heavily influenced by Classical and Progressive Rock music and has two electric instrumental projects out "Shut Up 'N Listen" and "Zone". Iranian born Nikbakht defines his music as "world fusion". Concentrating on acoustic instruments, Navid's varied musical background is apparent in all that he does. Elements of Latin, Moorish, Jazz, Gypsy as well as his native Persian music can be heard through out this project. Nikbakht and Martone met in 1992 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and quickly found a common platform to launch their own unique version of world music. On this project they are joined by top musicians from India, Jamaica, Germany, UK and Iran.

 

   David Martone

Guitars, Bass

   David Nikbakht

Guitars

   Christoph Bracher

Percussion

   B.K. Chandrashekhar

Violin

   Gary Crosby, Hugh Bullen

Bass

   Nenah Reece

Vocals