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Martin Wind Quartet featuring Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana

"Turn out the Stars -- Music written or inspired by Bill Evans"

"Martin Wind's 'Turn out the Stars' is more than a mere "tribute" album. At the heart of the project is a tremendous quartet: Martin on bass, Scott Robinson on tenor saxophone, Bill Cunliffe on piano, and Bill Evans alumnus Joe La Barbera on drums. In addition, we see another side of Martin Wind -- that of orchestral arranger. He did most of the work here, and achieved a nuanced balance between the orchestra and the quartet. It's as if the whole quartet were the solo instrument, accompanied by, supported by, and sometimes confronted by the larger ensemble. Wind, Robinson, Cunliffe and La Barbera -- by themselves they form a great quartet. Put them in partnership with the marvelous Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, conducted by Massimo Morganti and you have a glorious celebration of Bill Evans the pianist, composer, leader, and musical spirit. We already knew that Evans' music would never die. But enriched by Martin Wind's orchestral vision and the passionate energy of the quartet, this album gives it a welcome new voice." - Excerpts from liner notes by Jim McNeely


Bassist Martin Wind has worked with artists such as Guidon Kremer, Pat Metheny, Hank Jones, Sting, John Scofield, Michael and Randy Brecker, Mstislav Rostropowitch, Frank Wess, Johnny Mandel, Mark Murphy, Cedar Walton, Lalo Schifrin, Bucky Pizzarelli, Buddy DeFranco and many others. He is a member of the trios of Bill Mays, Dena DeRose, and Ann Hampton Callaway. He plays in Matt Wilson's group "Arts and Crafts" and appears frequently with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He won 3rd prize at the "Thelonious Monk Bass Competition" in 1995, won the "Cognac Hennessy/Blue Note Jazz Search" in 1996 and became the first Jazz musician to win the cultural award of his home state of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.



Former releases of the MW Quartet include

  • "Salt & Pepper" (Challenge Records, 2008)
  • "Get it?" (Laika Records, 2011), as well as the DVD "Live at Jazzbaltica" (2009)



Release Date: MAY 20, 2014

Distribution: REDEYE U.S.A.