Many musicians who blaze the road to success find their inspiration among the lesser-known musical masters who paved the way. John Martyn was revered by many, but known by few – and yet he ignited a trail that still illuminates today. Martyn sprung from the English folk scene in the late sixties. He soon signed a record contract with Island Records and began experimenting with his style to eventually meld jazz, blues, world and funk with his folk rock roots. During this experimental journey, John Martyn forged a reputation as a jubilant and often irascible soul. He became a confidant of Eric Clapton and a creative inspiration to Phil Collins. He was a flat-mate and devoted friend to Nick Drake for whom he wrote Solid Air. The song’s 1973 release, just months before Drake’s death, became a defining moment in British folk rock. John stood apart with a ruggedly soulful style that was counterbalanced with extremely personal songwriting and vocals. His experimentation never ended. He eventually created a catalog of excellent songs that charted in many directions; from his characteristic backslap acoustic guitar playing, to often jazz-inflicted singing styles, and effects-driven experimental pieces. To this day, John Martyn remains an important and influential figure in both British folk and rock. “Heaven and Earth” is the final chapter of John Martyn’s recording career which has totaled 46 albums throughout the years. John died in January 2009 during the final phase of recording this project. His long time producer and friend, Jim Tullio completed the process finishing the album last year. Joining John on “Heaven and Earth” are his long time band mates: Spencer Cozens (p), Arron Ahmun (dr) and Alan Thompson (bs) as well as a number of special guests including Phil Collins, Garth Hudson and Jim Weider.