Vince Martin's recording career began in 1956, when he scored a hit with "Cindy Oh Cindy", credited to Vince Martin with The Tarriers. He became involved in the Greenwich Village folk scene, and formed a partnership with fellow singer-songwriter Fred Neil. The two of them recorded an album together, 1964's Tear Down The Walls. Sometime during the 60s he left New York for South Florida, settling in Coconut Grove. He managed to lure many other Greenwich Village associates there, including Neil, David Crosby and Richie Havens.
He didn't record again until 1969, when he went to Nashville to work on his solo debut, using the same musicians who had just finished work on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline. The result was If The Jasmine Don't Get You... The Bay Breeze Will, inspired by Coconut Grove, which by then he was calling home. It was some excellent folk-rock, mellow and airy, with loose, jazzy instrumentation acting as the perfect backing for his clear tenor vocals. It only had six songs, some of them being quite lengthy, giving the musicians lots of opportunity to stretch out and jam.
|> Vince Martin (1973)
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