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Phillip “Doc” Martin — Colors

Apr. 12, 2019

One of the more impressive saxmen in the c-jazz business might well be one who’s not necessarily on every jazz fan’s radar despite having been doing his soul shakin’, body groovin’ thang for a couple of decades. I’m referring to Phillip “Doc” Martin. Practicing dentistry by day, this charismatic doc has managed to simultaneously carve out a musical career that simply commands attention from all truly who appreciate good quality contemporary jazz.

Martin’s latest offering, Colors, is a smooth, spunky, and yes, colorful trip through this wonderful genre we jazzers call home. Keeping everything nice and tight and definitely in the pocket throughout the album, Martin delivers taste at every turn. With its diverse mix of rhythms and feel, the album encompasses all that’s good about music and embraces that feel-good vibe from track 1 on.

A genuine blend of jazz and R&B, Martin makes sure that there is a distinction between the two, not often an easy task for many.

After a 30-second spoken intro, the saxman gets the party started with his title track, a high-steppin’ groove with lots of polish and funk. He follows that with a mid-tempo head-bopper featuring bassist Julian Vaughn, followed by a driving self-explanatory mover called “Funky Phil,” followed by a cool, light, and melodic stroll called “Deeper,” followed by much more to keep your musical senses in the moment.

Along with melody, this album is chock full of personality, and you’ll undoubtedly reach that conclusion for yourself after just one listen. “Visit” this doctor and his new release for what will surely be an enjoyable experience. – Ronald Jackson