Robert Martin plays Syos

Frank Zappa / Etta James
Frank Zappa / Etta James
The brilliantly perceptive and collaborative Syos acoustician and sonic facilitator who worked with me to accomplish this, was able to understand my verbal descriptions of the sonic qualities I was after through every step of the process, and translate them into the precise math and science necessary to bring that sound into reality. Syos is the incredible combination of a meticulous scientist and an outrageous wizard. The result is the mouthpiece I’ve wanted all my life - responsive, versatile, in tune, with the growl of a blues singer when you want it, warm, harmonically complex, gorgeous sub-tones, with bite when you need it and raging altissimo, all of that in one very fun to play mouthpiece. Amazing! If you love fat, muscular “Texas tenor,” this is a must try.

Biography

While studying French horn at the Curtis Institute, Robert Martin also worked as a top call studio musician on countless hit records for Gamble & Huff and The Sound Of Philadelphia.

After moving to Los Angeles in the mid-70’s, he began touring with top stars like Etta James on the 1978 Rolling Stones Tour. He joined Frank Zappa’s band in 1981 and played on every Zappa tour from that point on.

He has also recorded, toured, and/or performed with Prince, Paul McCartney, The Moody Blues, Bette Midler (Musical Director), Michael McDonald, Patti LaBelle, David Sanborn, and a long list of other famous artists.

Robert played keyboards, horns, sang backing vocals, arranged, mixed and co-produced Wilson Pickett's 1987 Grammy nominated album on Motown, American Soul Man. He has also composed for major network TV shows.

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