Band: Mahogany Rush
Dragonfly is from 1976’s Mahogany Rush IV. Band leader Frank Marino, whose gritty blues guitar sensibility has always been the heart of this act, was not above a bit of spacey, prog-rockish affectations, including the offerings on the band's fourth outing (even going so far as to include melotrons!). Yet elsewhere on the same album, the SG-wielding Marino plays plummy, straight-up jazz licks in sweet, supple, rounded tones - as a stylist he’s always been far more than he initially might seem. His default guitar tone here is slab-thick and chewy - Marino's version of the blues is sincerely, emphatically dirty (with cascading washes of reverb to open things up a bit) and his crew backs the message up to the hilt. The man's a strong singer, too. Dragonfly contains some soulful, quasi-mystical musings about the cosmos and time, but the star attraction remains his competent hands doing nasty things to a chunk of mahogany - it’s all about the earthiness of the cosmic flow, baby.
Click below for a Youtube fan's tribute, incorporating Mahogany Rush doing Dragonfly live back in ’79.
Posted by Max MacDonald