"...that beautiful depth of Martin's bass resounds on every track of Light Blue."
- Michael Bourne, WBGO
Bassist/Composer Martin Wind to Release New Album "Light Blue "
Bass Player Staff - Jan 22, 2018Read the Article
Winning Spins March 2018 by George Kanzler
"...the best and most creative bassists often branch out to explore composition and leadership, assuming the helm of their own band, providing not only leadership but a repertoire of originals or selected pieces by others arranged by the bassists."Read the Article
By Geno Thackara, March 10, 2018
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.Read the article
by George W. Harris, March 29, 2018
Bassist/composer Martin Wind creates a two sided suite of moods with the sympathetic teram of Ingrid Jensen/tp, Scott Robinson/reeds, Anat Cohen/cl, Bill Cunliffe/p, Gary Versace/key-p and Matt Wilson-Duduka Da Fonseca/dr.Read the article
by Ken Dryden, March, 2018 Issue
Bassist Martin Wind has long been in demand as a sideman, having made many recordings with artists like Bill Mays, Don Friedman, Dena DeRose and others. The German native has also been the leader or co-leader of over 20 albums for various European labels. This German release, recorded in the U.S., features an outstanding international cast from the U.S. (pianist Bill Cunliffe, pianist/organ player Gary Versace, reed player Scott Robinson and drummer Matt Wilson), Canada (trumpeter Ingrid Jensen), Israel (clarinetist Anat Cohen) and Brazil (drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and vocalist Maucha Adnet), interpreting ten of Wind’s originals. Although Wind has plenty of bass chops to share, his primary focus is on his musicians, though he does take the spotlight from time to time. (more)Read the full article
by Hans-Bernd Kittlaus - 10. März 2018
Martin Wind hat Grund zu feiern. Erstens wird der Bassist und Komponist in diesem Jahr 50, zweitens lebt er seit 20 Jahren in New York, oder genauer in New Jersey auf der anderen Seite des Hudson von Manhattan. Er hat sich bestens etabliert, beruflich als Leader und gefragter Sideman, privat mit Frau und zwei Kindern. Diese Jubiläen hat er zum Anlass genommen für eine Bestandsaufnahme.Lesen Sie den Artikel
Seit mehr als 20 Jahren lebt der Bassist und Komponist Martin Wind samt Familie in New Jersey, im Dunstkreis von New York, der Welthauptstadt des Jazz. »Light Blue« ist für ihn Positionsbestimmung wie Rückschau gleichermaßen. Auf musikalische Freundschaften etwa, die im Laufe dieser Zeit entstanden sind.Lesen Sie den Artikel
Martin Wind, Ingrid Jensen, Scott Robinson, Gary Versace, Matt Wilson, Anat Cohen
Martin Wind, Anat Cohen, Scott Robinson, Bill Cunliffe, Duduka da Fonseca, Maucha Adnet
Compositions by Martin Wind. Portuguese lyrics by Maucha Adnet, English lyrics (A Sad Story) by Lica Cecato.
When first scribbling these notes, I thought it'd be fun to list all the musicians I've heard whose music sounded better with Martin Wind playing bass. It's a long list, a Who's Who of musicians I love. OK, as many as I can type in one breath: Dena DeRose Matt Wilson Scott Robinson Dave Stryker John Scofield Joe Locke Anat Cohen Ingrid Jensen Ted Rosenthal Bill Mays Gary Smulyan … and then some.
I've heard all of the above with Martin at the Jazz on the Mountain festival that I direct every mid-January at the Mohonk Mountain House. We became friends at the festival (it must be) a dozen years ago. On the last morning, before everyone splits, I gather players from the weekend for a farewell merry-go-round. I'd requested that Martin play a song alone, and he played "Gone with the Wind." Mostly bowing. Deeply. Beautifully. He's since then become a virtual "House" bassist. He's also been for years my musical right hand when I muse about players to invite.
I'm not alone in remembering Martin's tribute to Bill Evans. Haunting. Exquisite. One of the best concerts in my almost 20 years working with Mohonk. Martin eventually recorded all the music he'd arranged with an Italian orchestra. And now comes Light Blue, Martin's magnum opus. As a leader. As a composer. As an arranger. Also, even though he spotlights himself only on a couple of tracks, as a soloist. And that beautiful depth of Martin's bass resounds on every track of Light Blue.
"Impeccable technique, big ears and the ability to evolve a solo from the simplest of ideas"
- John Kelman AllAboutJazz.com
Side A: LIGHT
Side B: BLUE