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Martin Wind: Light Blue

Read "Light Blue" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Releasing a defining album is a pretty nice way to celebrate hitting age 50. If it's a particularly solid outing, so much the better. Martin Wind's milestone comes as he also marks 25 years as a recording player. It seems faintly miraculous that there's really time for him to do his own thing, considering that he's busy as ever juggling teaching work and myriad bass gigs, but he's nonetheless assembled an excellent lineup of colleagues and mostly-new compositions to celebrate ...

INTERVIEW

Martin Wind: Appreciating Bill Evans

Read "Martin Wind: Appreciating Bill Evans" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Bassist Martin Wind had already gigged with American jazz musicians prior to moving to New York City in 1996 to advance his musical studies. Though classically trained, Wind is highly versatile, having played in orchestras, small jazz groups, crossing genres on the electric bass prior to departing his native Germany. Now, years later, he is a well-established player on the New York scene, having performed with stalwarts like Monty Alexander, Pat Metheny, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Toots Thielemans, ...

LIVE REVIEW

Martin Wind Quartet at Kitano

Read "Martin Wind Quartet at Kitano" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Martin Wind Quartet Jazz at Kitano New York, NY May 31, 2014 It was a clear, warm late spring evening in Manhattan, and Jazz at Kitano, by now a familiar part of the New York nightclub scene, provided a perfect setting for a CD release event, a place with great acoustics, ambience, menu, and a coterie of dedicated fans. Bassist Martin Wind had recently come out with an album dedicated to legendary pianist Bill ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Martin Wind Quartet: Turn Out the Stars

Read "Turn Out the Stars" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Has an artist ever been characterized as a hopeful romantic? If not, then let us nominate Martin Wind, not as hopeless, but a bullish and inspiring romantic. His quartet and the 36- piece Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana tribute to pianist Bill Evans Turn Out The Stars marries his talents, both as a jazz bassist/bandleader and orchestral arranger. Besides leading his own quartet, and working in trio with Bill Mays and Matt Wilson, and in the guitar/bass duos with Philip ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Martin Wind: Salt 'N Pepper

Read "Salt 'N Pepper" reviewed by Ken Dryden

German-born bassist Martin Wind has had an extensive career as a sideman. His fourth CD as a leader (and third for Challenge) is his best effort to date, featuring pianist Bill Cunliffe, multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson (who restricts himself to only three here) and drummer Greg Hutchinson.

Most of the CD focuses on Wind’s striking originals. “Remember Oct. 13th” salutes the birthday of the late great bassist Ray Brown, though its unusual blending of arco ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Martin Wind Quartet: Salt 'n Pepper!

Read "Salt 'n Pepper!" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Bassist Martin Wind has appeared on more than eighty CDs and movie soundtracks, and is a pillar of groups led by pianists Bill Mays and Don Friedman, drummer Matt Wilson, and pianist/singer Dena DeRose. Salt n' Pepper! is a rare outing for Wind as leader and reveals talents that go beyond his enviable bass chops and big ears. For one thing, the CD really showcases his formidable gifts as composer, since seven of the ten tunes are his. The others ...


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