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Billy Martin

Above all else, Billy Martin believes in the power of unguarded expression to capture glimpses of the truth – sometimes only fleetingly, sometimes for extended, intoxicating stretches. He pursues the ecstatic and the insightful from a variety of vantage points: as a drummer and percussionist, as a composer, as a filmmaker, sculptor, visual artist, and even as a carpenter. To varying degrees, each endeavor is marked by Martin’s dearly held belief that unfettered improvisation and an honest commitment to the moment at hand can bring about new levels of understanding, new perspectives, new sonic textures, and a more profound emotional impact

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ennio Morricone + Betty LaVette, Gordon Grdina, Billy Martin & New Releases

Read "Ennio Morricone + Betty LaVette, Gordon Grdina, Billy Martin & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we pay tribute to the late Ennio Morricone the way we often do, through renditions of his memorable soundtracks performed by contemporary creative jazz artists like John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Marco Cappelli, Guano Padano, and Oddjob. We then check out some great new releases that cross borders, stylistic definitions and generations. Happy ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Medeski, Martin and Wood: A Retro Phenomenon for the New Millenium

Read "Medeski, Martin and Wood: A Retro Phenomenon for the New Millenium" reviewed by Mike Brannon

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in April 1999. No, they're not a law firm, and though they're not yet a household word either, MMW is a trio of formidable sonic integrity and groove. 'Fronted' by Hammond B-3 organist John Medeski, the trio has been described as everything ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New albums from Eric St-Laurent, Logan Strosahl and Taylor Ho Bynum

Read "New albums from Eric St-Laurent, Logan Strosahl and Taylor Ho Bynum" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature albums from Eric St-Laurent, Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette and Logan Strosahl. The philosopher Joseph Campbell wrote extensively about “following one's bliss." These influential writings form the conceptual basis for Bliss Station, the 13th album of original music by Toronto-based guitarist and composer Eric St-Laurent. Taylor Ho Bynum's latest ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Junius Paul, Alexandra Grimal & Fay Victor

Read "Junius Paul, Alexandra Grimal & Fay Victor" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The concert tapes for the recent release of Sun Ra & The Arkestra recorded live in Poland in 1986 were sitting in a dusty basement in Kalisz, Poland all this time. Now recovered and mastered to today's standards, there's a worthy addition to Sun Ra's voluminous discography. On this week's show you'll hear a pair of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Gordon Grdina, Karl Berger & Jason Kao Hwang, Byron Asher & Colin Hinton

Read "Gordon Grdina, Karl Berger & Jason Kao Hwang, Byron Asher & Colin Hinton" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Vancouver's Gordon Grdina is masterfully adept at guitar and oud, so that flexibility leads to many possibilities for playing opportunities, from jazz and improv settings to his world music group, Haram. This episode finds Grdina opening things up with music from two very recent recordings: Skin and Bones (with Matthew Shipp and Mark Helias) and Cooper's ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Sound the Alarms: Medeski Martin & Wood at the 2019 NYC Winter Jazz Festival

Read "Sound the Alarms: Medeski Martin & Wood at the 2019 NYC Winter Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The 2019 jazz fest season is upon us and I'm taking to this opportunity to look back at some of my best festival experiences over the course of the last year. The JNY: New York City Winter Jazzfest celebrated its 15th anniversary this past year (2019). I have been very fortunate to have attended 12 of ...

The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

Read "The Cry of Jay Rodriguez" reviewed by Michael Blake

On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

Creative Music Studio Spring Workshop 2017

Read "Creative Music Studio Spring Workshop 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Creative Music Studio Spring Workshop 2017 Full Moon Resort Big Indian, NY June 12-15, 2017 There are multiple facets to the lengthy, imaginative musical journey of Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. Together with Ornette Coleman, they founded the Creative Music Studio and Foundation in 1971. Their old Woodstock ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scott Amendola vs. Wil Blades: Greatest Hits

Read "Greatest Hits" reviewed by Doug Collette

Hardly the adversarial enterprise its billing implies, Greatest Hits is not keyboardist Wil Blades' first duo with a master percussionist: he recorded Shimmy (Amulet, 2012) with Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame) in 2012. And any music lover who relished Martin's somewhat more abstract collaboration with keyboardist Medeski, Mago (Amulet, 2007) will be nevertheless ...


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