John Martin Quartet - Dawning (3 stars)

Engaging debut from the Wheeler and Ballamy-backed saxophonist

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John Martin Quartet - Dawning (review)

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Approving testimonials from the great Kenny Wheeler and Iain Ballamy immediately create certain expectations on the likely structures and soundscape to be found in saxophonist John Martin’s first album. The music is often understated, but there is always plenty going on around the saxophonist’s compositions, including a distinct Afro feel on ‘Moving On’. Hints of Ballamy himself, Andy Sheppard and even Jan Garbarek surface in Martin’s tenor and soprano playing, but never to the point of eclipsing his own voice, and pianist Jonjo Grisdale leads a responsive rhythm section in an engaging debut.

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