Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

This is the 1st of your 3 free articles

Become a member for unlimited website access and more.

FREE TRIAL Available!

Learn More

Already a member? Sign in to continue reading

Will Martina: Modular Living By Design

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

Will Martina is among the cellists who have performed with jazz composer par excellence Henry Threadgill-hence the tribute “Thanks, Henry” on Modular Living by Design, Martina’s third album as a leader and second with pianist Jason Lindner and drummer Richie Barshay as his triomates. There is strong playing throughout here, but the emphasis is on group interplay and Martina’s inventive and quietly affecting compositions.

Three of these works-“Strung Out Night Light,” “Little Meow” and “Miiko’s Favo[u]rite Mobile”-were inspired by adapting to life with his infant daughter, and soprano saxophonist Jorge Continentino, bassist Mark Kelley (the Roots) and harmonica master Grégoire Maret contribute valuable guest appearances. “Michicant” welds Brit hip-hopper Roots Manuva onto Bon Iver’s “Michican’t”; the title track features Lindner on Rhodes, in a beatmixing experiment involving rap and acid-trance tracks; and the improvised “Good Night and Good Luck” serves as a short, sweet coda.

Originally Published