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Rebecca Martin: Post-Pop

Rebecca Martin

I think all my records have a roundness to them,” says singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin. “Some records are angular, but I think of my records as big circles.” On The Growing Season, her fourth solo release and her debut on the Sunnyside label, Martin widens the circle, nourishing what she calls her “imaginary world-the ideal of having a place to be truthful, but it’s soft and warm, non-threatening and safe. It’s sort of my dream. Songs are the perfect combination of all the things I think are healing and good.”

The Growing Season is circular in another respect: It features Kurt Rosenwinkel in a reprise of the guitar-piano role he played on Once Blue, Martin’s 1995 collaboration with fellow songwriter Jesse Harris. While the Rosenwinkel-Martin bond never dissolved-the guitarist also appeared on Middlehope, her more jazz-oriented disc of 2001-The Growing Season has raised the bar, eliciting the best from friends who’ve seen no lack of artistic progress in recent years. Rosenwinkel produced the album; he’s credited on guitars, piano, keyboards and even vibraphone. “Making music with Kurt is a little like being a dream state, which is where I am when I’m writing lyrics,” says Martin from her home in Kingston, N.Y., where she lives with husband Larry Grenadier and their young son, Charlie.

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