Selected list of appearances
Cal Poli@San Luis Obispo
Santa Clara University
Stanford Jazz Workshop
Berkeley Jazz Camp
William Patterson College
Berklee School of Music
Crane School of Music
University of Northern Colorado @ Greely Sonoma State University
Fresno Community College
Solano Community College
Colorado University at Boulder
Arizona State University
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver (Artist in Residence)
Brigham Young University
Contact for concert performances:
"Full of marvelous moments that guarantee the pleasure of any jazz fans. A must-have item."
Jazz Station- ARNALDO DESOUTEIRO'S Blog Jazz, Bossa and Beyond
"This new release by multi-reed player Mel Martin is a sonic delight."
Bob Bernotas - Just Jazz Newsletter
"This is gritty, driving music from a high-octane performer who has been delivering the goods for many years."
Ted Goia - Jazz.com
"Never content to rest on his laurels, Mel brings a wide variety of jazz stylings to this release."
Jeff Krow - Audiophile Audition
"While this CD resists easy classification, it is among the most compelling recordings that Mel Martin has made during his entire career." - Ken Dryden, Billboard
"Martin’s a master of phrasing and a meticulous melody maker."
George Fendel - Jazz Society of Oregon
Reviews: Jazz.com, Audiophile Audition, Billboard, Jazz Society of Oregon
It is quite different from anything I've recorded since the early '90s and is reminiscent in ways to my early Listen recordings but with much more of a jazz slant. It was recorded in July when the great jazz pianist Don Friedman came out from New York to do a California tour with my group including guitarist Brad Buethe, bassist Robb Fisher and drummer extrordinaire Jeff Marrs. Besides Don, special guests include John Santos on percussion and Barry Finnerty on guitar. The repertoire is broad and varied from the Latin-tinged Rhythm Man (Do Not Disturb) to the contemporary classical piece with a jazz breakout In The Stars by Stephen Melillo, I Have A Dream by the great Herbie Hancock including my adaptation for woodwinds of his original horn arrangement, the funky, Bitches Brew style of Silly Hawk Walk, a beautiful live version of Blue In Green, George Russell's inventive take on Love For Sale: Ezz-Thetic, The great Benny Carter composition Where The Warm Winds Blow, my personal tribute in 6/8 to my lovely wife Catey: To Catey With Love, and the chestnut Victor Young composition Weaver of Dreams. On many of the pieces, I overdubbed special woodwind arrangements appropriate to the particular composition or just featured the sextet and quartet. I'm very excited about getting it out there and hope that you will enjoy it.
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