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Martin Wind

My Astorian Queen


New Release from Bassist and Composer Martin Wind
Release Date: Nov 22, 2021 - on Laika Records


"Wind is a master with the bow, but it's his plucked lines—gracious and singing—that define his sound. He resembles no one more than another European master, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen...an early influence."
- Brian Mortin, Downbeat Magazine, Nov. 2020

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Musicians


Martin Wind (bass), Scott Robinson (tenor & bass saxophones), Bill Mays (piano), Matt Wilson (drums, percussion)

Song Selections

  1. Mean what you say - I will never forget playing with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (former Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band) for the first time. I arrived at the club early, played that first open A note and marveled at how warm, big, and clear my bass sounded. Fortunately, I have been able to play the music of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, and others with that incredible band over the years.
  2. Solitude - I wrote this piece during the COVID-induced lockdown in the spring of 2020 after a friend had sent me photos of a particular beach on the Flensburg Fjord called “Solitüde”. Yes, after all those years I still have moments where I get the “Flensburg Blues”, when I miss my family, hometown friends and this beautiful area on the Baltic Sea, and not being able to visit for more than a year during the epidemic was extremely difficult.
  3. Broadway - Shortly after arriving in New York, I started subbing on a couple of Broadway shows: “Phantom of the Opera” - which is still going strong in its 3rd decade, and a fabulous production of Cole Porter’s “Kiss me, Kate”. I’ve always loved this tune AND the way Scott sounds on the “mighty” bass saxophone.
  4. Peace Waltz - Already an admirer of Bill Mays’ work, I got to meet him in Europe in 1991. He obviously had studied all the main jazz piano styles, but what really resonated with me were his beautiful touch and that lyrical, almost impressionistic sensitivity, as demonstrated here on my all-time favorite composition of his.
  5. È Preciso Perduar - It was a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service that brought me to New York University as a graduate student in August of 1996. After my first semester as a student, I was hired to teach, as well; almost 25 years later I still enjoy working with young musicians from all over the world. One of my recent students, a drummer from Brazil, brought in this great tune by Carlos Coqueijo and Aleivando Luz to play with my ensemble.
  6. Out in P.A. - On September 1, 1995, I arrived in New York for a 5-week visit to learn, if I could see myself live here. On the second day of my stay, I had dinner with Bill Mays, his wife at the time, Thalia and one of her co-workers at New York Hospital named Maria - and this is how I got to meet my wife! A few days later we spend an incredible weekend together at Bill’s country home in Shohola, Pennsylvania. Maria and I are still excited whenever we get to visit this magical place. The song also became the title track for the first album that Bill and I recorded together with Matt Wilson in 2000. That session started an incredible musical journey that continues to this day.
  7. My Astorian Queen - Maria used to live in a cute apartment in the heart of Astoria, Queens, an originally predominantly Greek neighborhood. When I moved to New York in August of 1996, she offered to share her apartment with me until finding my own place. As I was unpacking my few belongings, we realized that we were both reading the same book: Jack Kerouac’s “On the road” - same publisher, cover, the whole nine yards, and we had never talked about that book before! When I finally moved into my own pad and received a phone line, my number was exactly one digit different from hers - and we are talking area code 718, which covers about 5 million folks who live in the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island. We listened to these signs - we were meant for each other!
  8. There is a boat that is leaving soon for N.Y. - Bill suggested this Gershwin classic for the second trio album together with drummer Keith Copeland in 1994. It seemed appropriate to include it in this selection with Scott showcasing his trumpet playing.
  9. New York, New York - A few years ago I put a program together with another Flensburg artist: actress and author Katharina Pütter. We combined short stories by Dorothy Parker and Woody Allen, as well as excerpts from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with solo bass renditions of related songs such as “Take the A-Train”,” Broadway”", and “Moon River”. I usually close the set with this inevitable anthem. Matt, of course, jumped right into the sandbox with me on this one.

Martin Wind, Teaneck, New Jersey, August 2021

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In The News

New York City Jazz Record

Nov. 2021 Interview by Ken Dryden

Check out this nice interview and feature in the November 2021
issue of the New York City Jazz Record.

Read the Article New York City Jazz Record

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