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Horizons by Stephen Martin

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Album Title: High Plains
Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022

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About the Album

Full of inspired, fiery conviction, saxophonist Stephen Martin channels the Kansas City jazz ecosystem that nurtured his professional and musical development on ‘High Plains,’ his second album as a leader. Teaming with the virtuosic vibraphonist/pianist Peter Schlamb, bassist Ben Leifer and drummer David Hawkins, Martin tears through the Coltrane-inspired original, "The Void," and Frank Foster's "Simone," while Joe Henderson's "Punjab" lopes and swings conversationally. The classic "Easy Living" delivers a ballad’s restraint while seeming ready to unfold and burst at any moment. With two of his mentors close at hand - saxophonists Bobby Watson & Matt Otto as featured soloists, with Otto also producing the session - the atmosphere is loose, rollicking and familial, reflecting the shared sense of dialect, rhythm and purpose.

Song Listing

Horizons; The Void; Easy Living; Stablemates; High Plains; Punjab; Euphony; Simone.

Personnel

Additional Personnel

Bobby Watson (track 4); Matt Otto (track 7).

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Date featured

December 24, 2021

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