"...that beautiful depth of Martin's bass resounds on every track of Light Blue."
- Michael Bourne, WBGO
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