Stephen Martin

High Plains

OA2 22197

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Stephen Martin may be fond of a specific jazz segment from the past, but he knows how to frame it in the right way and immediately gives it a contemporary twist. He does that completely in the vein of Mark Turner and Chris Potter. A powerful and especially promising debut full of auditory fireworks.
Georges Tonla Briquet, Jazz'halo, Belgium

Full of inspired, fiery conviction, saxophonist Stephen Martin channels the Kansas City jazz ecosystem that nurtured his professional and musical development on High Plains, his second album as a leader. Teaming with the virtuosic vibraphonist/pianist Peter Schlamb, bassist Ben Leifer and drummer David Hawkins, Martin tears through the Coltrane-inspired original, "The Void," and Frank Foster's "Simone," while Joe Henderson's "Punjab" lopes and swings conversationally. The classic "Easy Living" delivers a ballad's restraint while seeming ready to unfold and burst at any moment. With two of his mentors close at hand - saxophonists Bobby Watson & Matt Otto as featured soloists, with Otto also producing the session - the atmosphere is loose, rollicking and familial, reflecting the shared sense of dialect, rhythm and purpose.


Track Listing:

1. Horizons (Ben Leifer) 7:13
2. The Void (Stephen Martin) 8:24
3. Easy Living (Ralph Rainger) 6:47
4. Stablemates (feat. Bobby Watson) (Benny Golson) 8:25
5. High Plains (Stephen Martin) 5:56
6. Punjab (Joe Henderson) 6:47
7. Euphony (feat. Matt Otto) (Matt Otto) 7:52
8. Simone (Frank Foster) 7:20

Performers:

Stephen Martin - saxophone
Peter Schlamb - vibraphone & piano
Ben Leifer - acoustic & electric bass
David Hawkins - drums
Bobby Watson - alto saxophone (4)
Matt Otto - tenor saxophone (7)

Production Info:

Produced by Matt Otto
Recorded & mixed by Chad Meise at Massive Sound Studios / Kansas City, MO
Recorded on May 18-20, 2021
Mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room Mastering / Chicago, IL
Front cover photo by Clint Ashlock
Cover design & layout by John Bishop










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