CD: Joe Martin

Martin, Not By Chance.jpgJoe Martin, Not By Chance (Anzic). At the outset, bassist Martin’s album has the air of Downtown New York Generic, but the quality of the musicians and the playing soon kicks it into uniqueness. By the time they reach the ballad “A Dream,” Martin, saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Marcus Gilmore have the listener fully involved for the rest of the seventy minutes. Martin augments his eight nicely made compositions with “The Balloon Song,” a Jaco Pastorius piece featuring Potter, sinuous and playful, on bass clarinet.

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