Martin Wind Newsletter - June/July 2018
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June/July 2018 Issue

Martin Wind Newsletter

New CD: "Licorice and Beer" with guitarist Ulf Meyer
Recap I: Duo Concerts with Philip Catherine in Basel and Bonn
Recap II: Duduka Da Fonseca's "Brazilian Jazz Express" at the Kitano
Recap III: "New York, New York" with actress Katharina Pütter – short stories and solo bass
Ted Nash Quartet at Music Mountain Festival in CT
More reviews of "Light Blue": JazzTimes Magazine and Jazz History Online
Bass Concerto "Legacy" to be premiered
Quartet Tour to Northern Germany and Denmark
Recording Session: Mays, Wilson and Wind

New CD: "Licorice and Beer" with guitarist Ulf Meyer

On June 1, the latest effort with my dear friend Ulf Meyer was released on the German "Laika" Records Label. After several projects with larger instrumentations this album brings us back to the roots: it is the first studio recording with just the two of us since our debut album "The Baltic" from 1993!
More info about this album is available at
Order your copy on:

Recap I: Duo Concerts with Philip Catherine in Basel and Bonn

It’s been about 5 years since I’ve been playing duo with the great Belgian guitarist and European jazz legend Philip Catherine, and it seems to be getting better and better…at the beginning of May we appeared at two European festivals: the first one was in Basel, Switzerland and the second one about 400 miles further North along the Rhine River in Bonn, Germany.
Both concerts were incredible, but the first one seemed particularly special, since my classical bass teacher from my Cologne Conservatory days, Prof. Wolfgang Güttler and his wife were in attendance – they made the 2 hour trip from Karlsruhe after Wolfgang and I had spent the previous night catching up in his Black Forest cottage. 
Here is a photo of Wolfgang and myself:
Martin Wind, Prof. Wolfgang Güttler
Here is a quote from a review of our set in Bonn – I absolutely love the way the reviewer described the nature of our music making:
"Catherine and Wind complemented and carried each other in a manner so equally dreamlike and down to earth that beauty itself took the lead and transported the music onward and upward to timeless heights."
Martin Wind, Philip Catherine - photo by Jeff Dunn

Recap II: Duduka Da Fonseca's "Brazilian Jazz Express" at the Kitano

My dear friend and idol Duduka Da Fonseca has just released a new album on Sunnyside with his Brazilian trio featuring the music of legendary pianist and composer, Dom Salvador.

During the last weekend in May, Duduka presented most of the recorded material at Jazz@Kitano in Manhattan with the “Brazilian Jazz Express” band featuring Helio Alvez on piano, Billy Drewes on tenor (oh yes!) and soprano saxophone, and myself; on the second night Dom Salador showed up himself, as well as our dear friend (and a legend in his own right!), Mr. George Cables! It was the first time for him going out to hear music since a long medical leave kept him away from the scene– we felt honored!
Here is the band…and I have no idea, whose beers these  could have been…

Recap III: "New York, New York" with actress Katharina Pütter – short stories and solo bass

After our premier performance in our hometown of Flensburg last October actress and reader Katharina Pütter and I presented the project
“New York, New York – a city and its neurotics” in a variety of settings in Berlin, Hannover and Bramsche.

In Berlin we were joined by my long-time friend and musical partner, saxophonist Peter Weniger; in 2002 we had released an album together called "The Soccerball", and got right back into the sandbox together.
Here is a photo of Katharina and I at the gallery “Lumar” in Hannover:

Ted Nash Quartet at Music Mountain Festival in CT

After returning to the U.S. I will be studying some music for a concert with the quartet of the amazing Ted Nash, featuring pianist Gary Versace and my dear friend
Matt Wilson on drums. This group just released an album "Live at Dizzy’s" and I'll be subbing for one of my heroes (who happens to be one of my neighbors in Teaneck, NJ) – Rufus Reid!
Here are the details:
Saturday, June 16, 6:30 pm: Gordon Hall, Falls Village, CT
Music Mountain Jazz Opening Night
Ted Nash Quartet featuring Gary Versace (piano) and Matt Wilson (drums)

More reviews of "Light Blue": JazzTimes & Jazziz Magazines and Jazz History Online

In the May edition of my newsletter I was extremely happy and proud to share that “Light Blue” had received a four star review by Howard Mandel in Downbeat Magazine; two equally well written reviews have just been published on the site:

“Jazz History Online”, by Tom Cunniffe
Jazziz Magazine , by Sacha Feinstein
and  JazzTimes Magazine, by Britt Robson
In case you’ve missed ordering your own copy...
Buy "Light Blue" Now

My first Bass Concerto "Legacy" to be premiered

Two years ago a dream became true: I was asked to bring my quartet to Flensburg for three concerts with my hometown orchestra, the ensemble that I used to listen to as a teenager; also my very first bass teacher was a member of this group.

We performed selections from our album "Turn out the stars – music written or inspired by Bill Evans", a special arrangement of "Rhapsody in Blue" by pianist Bill Cunliffe, as well as a four-part suite of mine called "From the Fjord to the Hudson River", which the orchestra commissioned for the occasion.
When we received the invitation for an encore appearance with them this summer I mentioned to musical director Peter Sommerer that I’d be interested in writing a bass concerto – something that has been on my "bucket list" for some time…fortunately he agreed and, as a result of this project, has been consuming me for the past 8 months or so.
I called the concerto "Legacy" and dedicated the three movements to my classical bass teachers:  Elmer Turnage, who got me going with the Simandle method, who taught me how to read music and also exposed me to Nils Henning Ørsted Pederson and Ray Brown; Prof. Willi Beyer, solo bassist of the NDR Radio Orchestra in Hamburg, who worked on the Dragonetti and Koussevitzky concertos with me and prepared me for my conservatory auditions; and the before-mentioned Prof. Wolfgang Güttler, who played with the Berlin Philharmonics under Herbert von Karajan for a decade, and who really showed me how to play the instrument and how to become an artist, ein "Künstler"….
The world premier will be on June 30 at the Stadttheater Flensburg, with a second performance on Juli 1 at the Stadttheater in Rendsburg.
The program will be completed by Bill Cunliffe's arrangement of Gershwin's "Concerto in F", as well as five compositions from my latest album, which I arranged for the quartet and orchestra in a segment that I entitled "Symphonic Light Blue".

Quartet Tour to Northern Germany and Denmark

Obviously, the two concerts with the Flensburg Orchestra will be the main focus of our two-week tour; I’m so excited to be hitting the road again with my dear friends
Scott Robinson (tenor sax, clarinet, trumpet), Bill Cunliffe (piano), and
Joe La Barbera on drums.
In addition to the orchestra concerts we will be playing several quartet concerts in the region (Husum, Kiel), a workshop and concert with my high school big band and wrap things up at the opening weekend of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, where we’ll get to play at the famed “Montmartre Jazzclub”.

Here are the details:
Martin Wind Quartet featuring Scott Robinson (tenor sax, clarinet, trumpet),
Bill Cunliffe (piano), and Joe La Barbera (drums).
Tour Germany, Denmark June 24 – July 7, 2018
Friday, June 29, 8 pm: Am Englischen Bahnhof, Husum
Saturday, June 30, 7:30 pm: Stadttheater Flensburg with Orchestra of the “Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein” (sold out)
Sunday, July 1, 5:30 pm: Stadttheater Rendsburg with Orchestra of the “Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein”
Monday, July 2, 8 pm: “Musik im Souterrain – Special”, In Sound,
Gablenzstrasse 5, 24113 Kiel
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Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 pm: Altes Gymnasium, Flensburg
Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, 8 pm: Montmartre Jazzclub, Copenhagen

Recording Session Mays, Wilson and Wind

At the end of May we finally got to play again as a trio after several years: pianist
Bill Mays, Matt Wilson on drums and myself. It might sound like a cliché, but it really did feel like we had never stopped playing – the magic came right back, and it felt so good playing some of our "hits", such as "Judy", "Shoho Love Song" or "Witchcraft"…I'm very happy to report that we will be recording a new album on July 30, which Bill wants to be released by the end of 2018 – so look out for that, I’m sure it’ll be a keeper!
Have a great summer and hope to see you, soon!
Martin Wind - "Light Blue"
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Martin Wind Quartet "Turn Out the Stars"
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