Monthly Archives: April 2011

London Jazz Review “Dawning”

From News

“This debut recording from composer/saxophonist John Martin comes recommended by Kenny Wheeler (‘a lovely album with all the players sounding very comfortable with the music’) and Iain Ballamy (‘honest, cohesive and sophisticated’), and the former’s lyrical fluency and the latter’s rapturous intensity are indeed defining features of Martin’s music…”

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The Guardian review “Dawning”

From News

“Saxophonist John Martin and pianist Jonjo Grisdale are recent graduates of the same Middlesex University jazz education that produced Led Bib, though this is much closer to orthodox jazz than Led Bib’s rock and electronics-infused work. At times the session betrays the tentativeness of a debut, but Martin and Grisdale are players of real promise. Martin has played in salsa and Afro bands, and for Guillemots, but the lyrical sway of Andy Sheppard, the atmospherics of Jan Garbarek, the pensiveness of Kenny Wheeler and the country-chime of early Keith Jarrett are more immediate references. The lively soprano-sax track Looking Up hints at Martin’s African history but sounds more like Garbarek’s folksy mid-tempo outings. The leader’s tenor sketches smoky long notes and deft turns over an attractive groove on the tempo-shifting Moving On. There’s a passive feel to the slow-swirling title track with its methodical call-and-response elements, but the churning blues Swagger is excellent, and there’s a haunting (and very Sheppardesque) feel to the closing soft-groover It Is How It Is. The sleeve info and the actual running order differ, but you soon figure it out.”

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John Martin Quartet’s UK Tour Dates

From News

And here they are… the tour dates have been finalised for next months UK tour promoting the release of “Dawning”. We will be performing at ten venues spanning the length and breadth of the country, so check out the dates below to see if we are coming to a city near you…

1 May  Milestones Jazz, Lowestoft
3 May  Studio 2, Liverpool
4 May  Scarborough Jazz Club
5 May  Matt and Phreds, Manchester
7 May  Nottingham Contemporary
12 May  The Yardbird, Birmingham
15 May  Botton Village Hall, North Yorkshire
20 May  ‘Rush Hour Blues’, Symphony Hall, Birmingham
21 May  Jazz Café POSK, London
24 May  Dempseyʼs, Cardiff

John Martin – Saxophones
Jonjo Grisdale – Piano
Tim Fairhall – Double Bass
Andy Ball – Drums

This tour is supported by Jazz Services UK