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Martin Wind: Turn Out The Stars

Cover Of Martin Wind Turn Out The Stars Album

On a Sunday morning mid-January at the Mohonk Mountain House in the Catskills, bassist Martin Wind played one of the most beautiful concerts ever for WBGO's annual Jazz on the Mountain festival.  

Martin's quartet, with Matt Wilson on drums, Bill Cunliffe on piano, and Scott Robinson mostly on tenor sax, played Martin's tribute to Bill Evans.  
 
Turn Out The Stars captures this music, as performed in Pesaro, Italy by Wind's quartet with Joe LaBarbera at the drums and the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, conducted by Massimo Morganti.  
 
Beautiful as the quartet's performance is on this disc, the orchestra's performance is even moreso, beginning with a quote of the Evans classic "Very Early" as a prelude to the Evans classic "Turn Out The Stars."  
 
Martin arranged four of the pieces, and the others in the quartet also composed music in the spirit of Bill Evans.  
 
Scott Robinson is well-known for playing bass sax or baritone sax and a whimsical collection of odd instruments, but is tenor playing here is some of the most heartful tenor playing I've ever heard.
 
Scott plays a C-melody sax on "Jeremy," a haunting piece he composed for a friend's lost child.  
 
Bill Cunliffe plays lyrically throughout and arranged the Evans classic "Twelve Tone Tune Two," featuring propulsively Joe LaBarbera, erstwhile drummer for Bill Evans himself.  Most exquisite of all the music was Martin's arrangement of "Blue In Green."
 
And, on every piece, the sound of Martin Wind on the bass is deep-in-the-wood gorgeous.  
 
   - Michael Bourne, WBGO host and artistic director of Jazz On The Mountain
 
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