"John Martin’s release is full of engaging, jazz vibrancy...the tricksy time signature riffs are pleasingly memorable...shot through with Martin’s gruff, harmonic clusters and richly-phrased soloing...an expansive journey spangled with unexpected musical glints and refractions.”
Adrian Pallant – AP reviews
“Highly distinctive...I was very impressed with “Spirit Of Adventure which lives up to its name as Martin and his associates attempt to navigate fresh ground and a new sound...this is a very well balanced and well integrated group...that gives full reign to Martin’s innovative saxophone techniques”
Ian Mann – Thejazzmann
"John Martin has thought (and realised) the unthinkable; harnessing all the multiphonic sounds that a saxophone can make, he has crafted them within the finest compositions. No small feat. These resources are hard to control, and it is a patient labour ofsome love for the instrument that he has succeeded where others have not dared tread... not just the gimmick of one squawky tune, but a controlled double album of surprises and varied emotion... A milestone for both himself and the saxophone world"
Barak Schmool – Founder of the F-ire Collective
”John Martin has a rare ability to combine lyricism & traditional jazz language with the extended techniques used by the free improvisers… Martin’s combination of flowing melodic lines & extended techniques, over a backdrop of classic vibraphone and modern guitar has taken the music in a new & engaging direction”
John Marley – Jazz In York
"Very cool use of multi phonics and overtones...beautiful and compelling" Bob Mintzer
The Hidden Notes offers a window into a unique sound world. It is a celebration of the saxophone and all the beautiful colours that are hidden just beneath the surface.
February 5, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
For the past decade the London- based tenor saxophonist John Martin has trodden his own personal path, wary of fashionably hip cutting edges. His associations with ensembles of not only jazz musicians but those interested in playing Ghanaian, folk and pop music gives an extra dimension to the less US-orientated, more Euro-jazz soundworld he favours.…
“Very cool use of multi phonics and overtones…beautiful and compelling” Bob Mintzer 2016-05-11T17:07:13+00:00 “Very cool use of multi phonics and overtones…beautiful and compelling” Bob Mintzer http://thehiddennotes.com/testimonials/450/ “John Martin has thought (and realised) the unthinkable; harnessing all the crazy and wild multiphonic sounds that a saxophone can make, he has crafted them within the finest compositions. No small feat. These…