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Joe Martin: Not By Chance

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Former Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet bassist Joe Martin recruited stellar sidemen in saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Brad Mehldau and young drumming sensation Marcus Gilmore for his sophomore outing. Martin establishes his compositional prowess on striking originals like “Semente,” the modal “Far” and the burning “In the Meantime.” Potter, a marvelous soloist throughout, sounds especially expressive on the evocative ballad “A Dream.” He switches to bass clarinet on the seldom-covered Jaco Pastorius serial composition “The Balloon Song,” and soars on soprano sax on the affecting title track.

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