Monday, 3 April 2017

Review: Drawing Horses (Dzal Martin)

#1,259: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Folks who call in regularly here at ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) may recognize Dzal Martin as one of the amazing septet who are The Trembling Wilburys. But there is much more to this in demand guitarist who has been involved in many musical projects down the years including No Dice and Box of Frogs (the latter including former ELO Part II and The Move (ft. Bev Bevan & Trevor Burton) member Neil Lockwood alongside such illustrious names as Jeff Beck, Steve Hackett and Jimmy Page).

Dzal has just released his debut solo album "Drawing Horses" and Yours Truly KJS thought it worthy of a listen based not only on his supreme live guitar work with The Trembling Wilburys but also the personal recommendation of Tony Kelsey, another talented guitarist. "Drawing Horses" is a wonderful record, an eleven song opus which draws on Country, Americana, Blues and Rock elements with a nod to Johnny Cash in not a few places. Catchy opener "The One Who Got Away" instantly impresses and will appeal to both Wilbury and Jeff Lynne admirers with "Drive", "Heaven Help" and the moody "I Can Wait" also sure to please. On the flip side, there are some pensive and lyrically incisive slower numbers in "House For Sale", "Northern Girl" and "Scared" that ooze emotion whilst showcasing Dzal's wide range of guitar craft. "Drawing Horses" is aptly capped by the lovely instrumental "Bob And Paula" to ensure a plethora of variety. This is one of those records that you grow to appreciate after a few plays, my fave being the aforementioned first track. Guitar aficionados will undoubtedly love this album too. I know I did. (9/10)

"Drawing Horses" trax: "The One Who Got Away" ~ "Northern Girl" ~ "Scared" ~ "Drive" ~ "I Don't Need You"  ~ "Heaven Help" ~ "House For Sale" ~ "I Can Wait" ~ "Somebody Left Me" ~ "Operator" ~ "Bob And Paula"

You can find out more about Dzal Martin &/or buy "Drawing Horses" in CD &/or digital format via these links thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Drawing Horses" by Dzal Martin to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 03-Apr-2017

1 comment:

  1. Bumped into Dzal several times down the years. An articulate and talented musician! KJS@ELOBF