Album Title: Dawning Artist: John Martin Quartet Catalogue no: F-IRECD40 Date of Release: 25/10/2010 Price: 9.99 GBP
‘Dawning’ is the debut album from the John Martin Quartet and reveals a young saxophonist/composer with a warm and engaging voice. The eight original tracks (all by Martin) that make up the album have a strong sense of melody with thoughtful interplay between the composed elements and the supple improvisations of the Quartet.
Martin's uncluttered improvisations and the dynamic structures created by the band respond to a wide range of inspiration, from English jazz and folk and the ECM sound to Wayne Shorter and the downtown New York sc...
The artwork was painted from the music by Jon Braley, who was a finalist in 2010 for the prestigious John Moores painting prize.
John martin: tnr & sop sax.
Time Fairhall: dbl bass.
Andy Ball: Drums.
Jonjo Grisdale: Piano
John Fordham, The Guardian
“the lyrical sway of Andy Sheppard, the atmospherics of Jan Garbarek, the pensiveness of Kenny Wheeler and the country-chime of early Keith Jarrett…. this quartet are players of real promise”
Ian Mann The Jazz Mann
“One of 2011’s most pleasing new discoveries…a remarkably mature and assured statement from such a young musician… If he can maintain these standards he is surely destined to become a major figure on the UK jazz scene”
Richard Rainlore Rainlore’s World of Music
“Dawning is one of the most fascinating and beautiful releases of the year so far, and it's a quite stunning debut effort for such a young group of musicians.”
“This is a lovely album with all the players sounding very comfortable with the music. This album should be heard and bought” Kenny Wheeler
Chris May, All About Jazz
“Dawning introduces an engaging young saxophonist.. with a soulfulness which seems to have been surgically removed from many young Jazz Studies alumni”
Tim Stenhouse Uk Vibe
“This is an accomplished debut that places the emphasis firmly on the melodic side of jazz playing and as such it is one of the most enjoyable listens of the year thus far”
“This is an honest, cohesive and sophisticated release - a band to listen out for in 2011 and a credit to the F-ire collective” Iain Ballamy
Kenny Matheison The List
“Engaging debut from the Wheeler and Ballamy-backed saxophonist”
“Martin's is an affecting, attractively fragile approach… which imparts considerable warmth and emotion” Chris Parker, London jazz
“John Martin’s band play with a great deal of melody in mind, and a narrative flow to their improvisations, as well as strong group cohesion.” Peter Bacon jazz Breakfast
“elegantly” - wrought Charles Waring record collector
All Good Things
It Is How it Is
John Martin C&P 2010.
Recorded on the 5th and 6th Jan 2010 in Artesuono Studios.
Mixed and mastered by Anderew Tullock.
Artwork painted from the music by Jon Braley.
Cover design Nick Lawrence.