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Joe Martin

Instrument: Acoustic BassAMT Products Used: S25B

“Check out Joe using the AMT S25B Bass microphone system!! 11/1 w/Jerome Sabbagh Quartet The Jazz Gallery, 9 pm 290 Hudson St, NYC 11/2 w/Avishai Cohen’s ‘Trio X’ The Jazz Gallery, 9 pm 290 Hudson St, NYC 11/3 w/Avishai Cohen’s ‘Trio X’ The Jazz Gallery, 9 pm 290 Hudson St, NYC” – Joe Martin

Joe Martin is one of the most sought-after bassists on the current New York City jazz scene. Known for his warm sound, facile ear, harmonic flexibility, and lyrical solos, he has performed with a diverse range of musicians. Most recently he has been an integral member of Kurt Rosenwinkel’s group, documented on a forthcoming live recording from the Village Vanguard. He has also performed with Andy Bey, Vinicius Cantuaria, Bill Charlap, Art Farmer, Aaron Goldberg, Jon Gordon, Ari Hoenig, Joel Frahm, Ethan Iverson, Guillermo Klein, Ivan Lins, Lionel Loueke, Bill McHenry, John McNeil, Brad Mehldau, Mingus Big Band, Ben Monder, Jane Monheit, Jean-Michel Pilc, Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Jaleel Shaw, Grady Tate, Mark Turner, Michael Weiss, and many others. He has played in venues including The Village Vanguard, Blue Note (New York, Japan, Milano), Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and at festivals such as the Umbria Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, and the Monterrey Jazz Festival. Continuous musical dialogue amongst great musicians is a major source of inspiration for Joe.

Composition is another indispensable component to Joe’s musical world. A strong melodic sense and the use of the bass part as both function and counterpoint are apparent in his writing. His debut CD Passage, which features Mark Turner, Kevin Hays, and Jorge Rossy, received much acclaim from critics and musicians alike. He leads gigs regularly in New York City at clubs including The Jazz Gallery, Smoke, and Small’s. He has also toured with his band in Italy. The experience he has gained performing with jazz legends, as well as his contemporaries, has and continues to further his growth and maturity as a musician.

“…a versatile bassist and a thoughtful composer”
–The NewYork Times
“…a rock-solid player, judicious with his notes”
–San Jose Mercury News
“Their chemistry is apparent…Martin has created
something worthwhile”
–JAZZ TIMES review of Passage
August, 2003
“His compositions possess a unity of tone which gives
the ensemble a beautiful homogenity, a sometimes
tormented lyricism, but always dynamic.”
–JAZZMAN (France)
March, 2003
“…very ambitious…a very strong offering”
“Joe is one of the heavy bass players”
–Kurt Rosenwinkel,
JAZZ TIMES interview
June, 2005
Joe Martin
Fresh Sound New Talent

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 top-shelf pianist, and drummer Jorge Rossy has made a name for himself as he powers the Brad Mehldau Trio with strength and subtlety.
Above all, however, Passage is an ensemble album. The interplay here is as deep as that in many working bands. Martin and Rossy are particularly communicative, sometimes implying the time, sometimes obtaining a kind of floating momentum, sometimes flat-out cooking. They seem to complete each other’s thoughts.
Martin’s compositions exhibit quite a variety in moods and settings. “Manhattanville” has a boppish head, followed by entwining, contrapuntal improvising by Turner and Hays. “Overwhelmed” is a dry, sensitive ballad, and ”Closure” is an up-tempo swinger. Even when swinging, this group demonstrates a thoughtfulness and restraint that seems to indicate a sort of 21st Century cool style. The cool feel resonates all the more in Turner’s long melodic lines and grave, slightly cloudy tone.
Where are all these terrific young musicians coming from? I don’t know the answer, but Fresh Sound New Talent certainly does an admirable job of locating and recording them. With Joe Martin and Passage, the label has come up with another winner.
~ Marc Meyers