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Mel Martin

Instrument: Clarinet AMT Products Used: WS

“I have found that Applied Microphone Technology has come up with some ingenious answers to the problems involved with acoustic musical instrument amplification. Their saxophone mic is first rate and designed to give the player maximum control over tonal projection. The clarinet mic is absolutely astounding and is the first practical application of optimum placement and blending of the various registers of the clarinet. Above all, I have found their service to be the best in the industry. They are very responsive to player’s problems and quick to find remedies and new ideas. They are dedicated to helping musicians be heard correctly which allows us to concentrate on playing the music to the best of our abilities. They are clearly on the cutting edge of microphone technology for the musician.” – Mel Martin

Mel Martin has proven to be one of the most versatile and creative musicians to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area. His virtuosic abilities on woodwinds combined with his vast range of experience have brought him to a position of pre-eminence as one of the most inventive and innovative of performers. His unique abilities as an improviser, arranger and composer have made him a favorite of such greats as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, and many others.

His work as a leader has been documented on several brilliant recordings with the groups Listen, featuring Mel Martin and his current band Bebop and Beyond as well as his solo recording Other Side Up where he displayed his fascinating abilities as a multi-instrumentalist, arranger/producer, composer and jazz soloist and his popular recording Mel Martin Plays Benny Carter featuring Benny Carter as special guest on the Enja label. He has applied these talents to a wide variety of performing and recording situations including Santana, Azteca, Mongo Santamaria, Boz Scaggs, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Denny Zeitlin, Hubert Laws, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, B.B. King, Billy Cobham, Freddy Cole, and the Afro Blue Band as well as a multitude of independent studio projects. In performance Mel displays a rare combination of fiery soloing abilities and telepathic communication and projects a joyously spirited vibrancy to his audiences.