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Rebecca Martin: Paradox Of Continuity

By Published: December 25, 2006

Rebecca MartinAAJ: I was talking to a friend of mine about talent and whatever it means or if it exists. He didn't really believe in it so much. His perspective was that it was all pretty much work-oriented and that you just have to be really dedicated and work at it. So the mystery for him wasn't the talent but where does the drive come from? I think that can be something of a mystery. So you've got the drive that you mentioned you were grateful to have, but who knows where it comes from?

RM: Well, I've always been singing since as early as I can remember. You could call that a talent. Through that being a big part of who I am, I was driven to do it. Somebody once said that a lot of people that I know are [around my age], and girl friends of mine who've had children; they're just searching for their thing. That's what they call it—their thing. And I'll say, "What were you doing when you were ten? They say, "Wow, I was cooking. I was making pasta. Meanwhile, that is actually what they're trying to do. They're trying to get a business going where they're making pasta, but they're still not sure about it. But at ten they were making pasta with their grandfather and suddenly they're like, "Oh my god. That's it. That's my passion. I'm still doing it. I'm still making pasta. Well, maybe that's it. You come in maybe with something you're meant to use to do something, whatever it is. That immediacy makes people feel something. So maybe that's it. The drive then is to do it at all costs. The drive comes from really having that ability. Maybe that's it; It's an ability. Because when you say talent, it does get tricky.

[Postscript} At this point the tape unfortunately ran out. We spoke about a few more things, including Martin mentioning that she feels like she's coming up to a big creative opening. The recent birth of her son Charlie has created routine in her life that she says is good for her writing. And besides her next record of original songs she spoke about in the interview, she also mentioned another project she already has in mind beyond that. She wants to make a recording of tunes for which she'll write original lyrics to the melodies of modern jazz tunes written by Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tohnino Horta, Charles Mingus, Guillermo Klein, and the Fly trio with saxophonist Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. It's a very intriguing idea and will be fun to hear the words Martin searches out. It's a project for an artist with the right amount of drive, something that's clearly in no short supply with Rebecca Martin.

Selected Discography

Paul Motian Trio 2000+1, On Broadway Vol. 4: Or the Paradox of Continuity (Winter&Winter, 2006)
Rebecca Martin, People Behave Like Ballads (MaxJazz, 2004)
Rebecca Martin, Middlehope (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2002)
Rebecca Martin/Timothy Hill/Frank Tedesso, The Independence Project Live at The Outlook (Independent, 2002)
Sonny Probe, The World is a Stupid Place (Smasheasy, 2001)
Rebecca Martin, Thoroughfare (Independent, 1999)
Once Blue, Once Blue (EMI, 1995)

Photo Credit
Courtesy of Rebecca Martin and photographer Jimmy Katz

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