|Birth name||Francesco Antonio Marino|
November 20, 1954 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Genres||Hard rock, Blues-rock, Heavy metal|
|Years active||1970 - 1993
2001 - present
|Associated acts||Mahogany Rush|
Francesco Antonio "Frank" Marino (born November 20, 1954, in Montreal) is the guitarist and leader of Canadian hard rock band Mahogany Rush. Often compared to Jimi Hendrix, he is acknowledged as one of the best and most underrated guitarists of the 1970s.
Biography and career
After playing drums since he was five, around age 13-14 Marino started playing guitar. An often-repeated myth is he was visited by an apparition of Jimi Hendrix after a bad LSD trip, a myth Marino has always disavowed, and still does so now on his personal website. His playing, however, is inspired by Hendrix (on the Gibson website he is described as "carrying Jimi's psychedelic torch"), and Marino is notable for strong cover versions of Hendrix classics such as "Purple Haze". He has been criticized by some as a Hendrix clone. Marino himself claims that he didn't consciously set out to imitate Hendrix's style at all: "The whole style just came naturally. I didn't choose it; it chose me." 
Inspiration is one thing; however, over the years Marino has refined a tone and style all his own.
Mahogany Rush was moderately popular in the 1970s. Their records charted in Billboard, and they toured extensively, playing such venues as California Jam II (1978). Toward the end of the 1970s, the band began to be billed as "Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush." Not much later, Mahogany Rush split up and in the early 1980s Marino released two solo albums on CBS. The band reformed and continued to perform throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1993, Marino retired from the music industry.
Marino returned in 2001, inspired in part by a fansite, www.mahoganyrush.com: "I always knew we had fans, I just didn't know I'd find half a million of them on the Web," he said in an interview with Guitar Player in 2005. He released Eye of the Storm, and went on tour again, playing more improvisational shows. Frank is still active, recording and touring under his own name. He has also been involved in blues recordings with other artists as well, playing on tribute albums to Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Technique and equipment
Besides Jimi Hendrix, Marino acknowledged the influence of John Cipollina (of Quicksilver Messenger Service fame), Duane Allman, Johnny Winter, and Carlos Santana. He plays blues, heavy metal, and improvisational styles; one of his notable tricks is playing (live) a lick as if it were played backwards, with the help of only a volume pedal and a delay. His style has influenced many guitar players, including Zakk Wylde and Eric Gales and Paul Gilbert. His tone is recognized by for instance Guitar Player, which called him a "full-spectrum guitar god," alongside Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen, and The Edge.
Marino is a devoted Gibson SG player and uses them with the original PAF pickups and two with DiMarzio humbuckers. He also has an SG with single-coil DiMarzio pickups. He is noted for complicated set-ups; according to Guitar Player, he has "an entire pedalboard ... assigned to hold the expression pedals that control the parameters of the effects on another pedalboard." In the past, he has built his own amplifiers to achieve the right sound; he also uses Fender Twins. He currently uses a pre-amplifier he built himself, reminiscent of a Fender, and any available power amp, through a 2x15" Fane cabinet.
- The Power of Rock 'n' Roll (1981 CBS)
- Juggernaut (1982 Columbia Records) U.S. #185
- Full Circle (1986)
- From the Hip (1990)
With Mahogany Rush
Other recordings and collections
- April Wine-the whole world's goin' crazy (1976)
- Nanette Workman ( album recorded but never released) (1976)
- California Jam II (6 CD set) (1978)
- Billy Workman:same (1979)
- Fit for A. King (various artists) (1980)
- V X N (pronounced Vixen )(1985)
- Metal Giants (various artists) (1988)
- Guitar Speak II (1990)
- Hats off to Stevie Ray (various artists) (1993)
- Bryan Lee: Live at the Old Absinthe House Bar Friday Night (1997)
- Bryan Lee: Live at the Old Absinthe House Bar Saturday Night (1998)
- Best of the Guitar Slingers (various artists) (2002)
- Live and Loud (various artists) (2002)
- Rock Thunder (various artists) (2002)
- Bryan Lee: Bryan Lee's Greatest Hits (2003)
- Rockin' 70s (various artists) (2004)
- Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir & the Jubilation Big Band - I'll Take You There (track 9) (2005)
- Revolution - A Rock and Roll Tribute to The Beatles (various artists) (2005)
- Doc Rock presents Classic Rock Weekend (various artists) (2006)
- Vargas Blues Band - Flamenco Blues Experience (track 2) (2008)
- Nos stars chantent le blues à Montréal - track 5. Who do you love? - Jonas (avec Frank Marino) (2010)
- Just Gettin' Started - track 4. Wild Horses - Nanette Workman (2012)
- Secondhand Smoke: A Tribute to Frank Marino (tracks by George Lynch, Ronnie Montrose, James Byrd, and others) (2005)
- Brown, Pete; Harvey P. Newquist, Jon F. Eiche (1997). Legends of rock guitar: the essential reference of rock's greatest guitarists. Hal Leonard. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-7935-4042-6.
- Brown, Pete; Lisa Sharken (2003). Gear Secrets of the Guitar Legends: How to Sound Like Your Favorite Players. Hal Leonard. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-87930-751-6.
- Leslie, Jimmy (April 2005). "Not-So-Slight Return: A Massive Web-Fanbase Resurrects Frank Marino". Guitar Player 39 (4): 94–97.
- "Nothing Wooden about Mahogany Rush". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 1993-10-01. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Larkin, Colin (1992). The Guinness encyclopedia of popular music, Volume 2. Guinness. ISBN 978-1-882267-00-2.
- Larkin, Colin (2002). The Virgin encyclopedia of 70s music. Virgin. ISBN 978-1-85227-947-9.
- "Band History". Mahogany Rush. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Drozdowski, Ted (2009-09-22). "10 Guitar-Blasting 'Sons' of Jimi Hendrix". Gibson Guitar Corporation. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- Cromelin, Richard (1975-09-20). "Mahogany Rush in Jimi's Shadow". Los Angeles Times. p. A.9.
- Strauss, Duncan (1983-02-01). "Frank Marino at Santa Monica Civic". Los Angeles Times. p. G.3.
- "Reincarnated Rock and Roll?!: Frank Marino". Guitar Player 28 (2): 83. February 1994.
- George-Warren, Holly; Patricia Romanowski, Jon Pareles (2001). The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. Fireside. ISBN 978-0-7432-0120-9.
- Chappell, John (March 2002). "Repeat Offender: Zakk Wylde Reboards Ozzy's Crazy Train". Guitar Player 36 (3): 64–67.
- Hammond, Shawn (August 2001). "Pickups: Eric Gales". Guitar Player 35 (8): 55.
- Gold, Jude (July 2002). "Gear Bench Test: Vintage Modern 2266 Head and 425A Cabinet". Guitar Player 41 (7): 136–39.
- Byrd, James (March 2011). "Frank Marino: The Father of Fast". Vintage Guitar. p. 22.
- Billboard, Allmusic