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 and occasional member Pete LeBonne, 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. You can find his production work on Steve Greene's two trio CDs (Acoustic Living and Live In Your Living Room) as well as Steve's duo CD with Gene Bertoncini (Gene with Greene).
11:11, his first solo release, has enjoyed success with those involved in the healing arts, including massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and yoga instructors.
11:11 CD Cover Notes
Those without whom there would be no music: my mother and father, my wife Liz, my son Nick and my “daughters” Emma & Nana; my teachers Steve Greene, Gene Bertoncini and David Hamburger; my musical siblings Paul Dodd & Peggi Fournier, Tom Lanze, Mark Peters, Roy Berns, Brian Soule, Bill Martin & Matt Dugan. My musical influences: The Beatles, Neil Young, Bill Frisell, John McLaughlin, Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass & Ravi Shankar. Special thanks to Lynn Johnson, Sue Gaile, Deeanne Bevin, Jeffery Young & Cassandra Adler for valuable input.
On this recording I played some incredible guitars by Steve Andersen, Steve Klein & Steve Kauffman, Ken Parker, and Bernie Lehmann. Percussion courtesy Big Fish Audio. Recorded entirely on Apple Macintosh Powerbook G3 and G4 computers utilizing Steinberg Cubase and Bias Peak software with Digigram audio cards (thanks Neil) as well as a Tascam US 428. Mixed using Sennheiser HD 580 and HD 497 headphones (thanks Joe, thanks Rob), as well as Tannoy monitors, powered by an Ashly SRA 120 amplifier (thanks Bill, thanks Dave, thanks Jim). Recorded with Neumann Mics (thanks Karl, thanks Jeff). Cover Design by RTM & Associates, Inc. Front and Back Cover Photography by Karl Winkler. Inside Cover Photo by Abby Berns
All Songs Written, Recorded and Produced by Bob Martin
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