Frank Marino may not be mainstream popular, but mention his name in guitar circles and it’s a different story. Fellow guitarists consider the SG wielding axeman as one of the best. Many cite him as a major influence on their playing.
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, founder of Black Label Society) on Frank Marino:
Frank is just an amazing combination of feel, taste, musicality and technique. It’s all there, and in staggering degrees. I love the way he plays blues – it’s like, as opposed to being a Ford Model T of the blues, he’s a Formula One race car. And then you throw in the jazz element, and it’s just, wow. The way he can play bebop and jazz-type stuff with that much confidence…he’s not dicking around. He actually knows what he’s doing. Within the guitar community, he’s a god.
From a Guitar World Magazine June 2015 interview with Frank Marino.
We asked Frank Marino Just One Question: If you could jam with anyone, who would it be and why?
“Although I know that most people would expect me to say Hendrix, I actually wouldn’t choose him for a number of reasons, the main one being that I think Hendrix is so unique in whatever he plays, it just doesn’t make sense to have him play with any guitarist, let alone me. But I happen to be a drummer also, so I would jam on drums, with him on guitar, in a heartbeat.
“Come to think of it, I don’t think there’s too many recordings of Hendrix playing with other guitarists. But the guy I would choose is John Cipollina from Quicksilver. He was as much an influence on me as Hendrix was and he played in a band with another guitarist (Gary Duncan), so I think that he would be in his element that way, and it would make for a jam that produced interesting dual-guitar music, more harmony-oriented, rather than trading lines or solos.”
Recommended Listening From Frank Marino
Here are to two tracks of mine you may have already seen. You mentioned links, so this is what came to mind:
I’ll throw in my personal recommendation: A superb rendition of an Albert King classic, I’ll Play The Blues For You.
My first exposure to Frank Marino came from the Mahogany Rush Live album. He was, and still is, one of my guitar heroes.
Visit the Frank Marino Mahogany Rush official website for more information on Frank and his amazing music.
Buy some of his music. See him live. You’ll get your money’s worth and more.