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by Joe Dimino
New York City bassist Joe Martin has Kansas City roots and is featured on the 689th Episode of Neon Jazz. Following his lead is a great group of musicians whi are constantly releaseing material keeping the world of jazz an innovative artistic medium. They include Patrick Cornelius, Tarik Hassan, Joe Chambers and Gerald Beckett. Enjoy the music. Playlist Joe Martin Ma hattanville" Passage (JM Music) 00:00 Host talks 7:26 Woody Herman Northwest Passage" Night and Day (DCE Pop ...read more
by Peter J. Hoetjes
Bassist Joe Martin's Etoilee is a family affair, as defined by both his muse and his musicians. The album's title is inspired by his youngest daughter's middle name, which is most likely derived from his wife's Parisian roots. Saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Kevin Hayes performed on Martin's debut album Passage (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2004), while Nasheet Waits has played drums with him since the early 1990s. All of the songs recorded on Etoilee are originals, and Martin clearly ...read more
by Greg Camphire
Bassist/composer Joe Martin has assembled an all-star cast for his second release as a leader, Not By Chance. All of the tunes, with one exception, are written by Martin, and his interplay with pianist Brad Mehldau, saxophonist Chris Potter and drummer Marcus Gilmore is masterful. The group explores rhythms through unending variations, creating instant responses with minute details and close attention to structure.
But while the interaction is deep, the band doesn't immediately distinguish itself as particularly unique; it could ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Young bassist Joe Martin doesn't just make his instrument walk or run, he makes it dance and leap. Couple his agile lines with a huge, singing tone, his intriguing compositions, and first-rate sidemen, and you've got the ingredients for Passage.
Mark Turner is one of the best of today's younger saxophonists. He's got a personal sound and conception, with influences as diverse as John Coltrane and Warne Marsh. Over the past decade, Kevin Hays has quietly become a ...read more