January 14 & 15 2005

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When it comes to experimental jazz, there is mildly avant-garde and there is extremely avant-garde. Examples of extremely avant-garde would include Charles Gayle, Cecil Taylor, and post-1965 John Coltrane; mildly avant-garde could be anything from Sun Ra to saxman Jorge Sylvester to Russ Gershon's Either/Orchestra and other inside/outside artists who have recorded for Gershon's Accurate Records. And the words mildly avant-garde could also be applied to Billy Martin's January 14-15, 2005, a CD that is definitely left of center but is still -- by avant-garde jazz standards -- relatively accessible. The material, for all its eccentricity and abstraction, has an immediacy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When it comes to experimental jazz, there is mildly avant-garde and there is extremely avant-garde. Examples of extremely avant-garde would include Charles Gayle, Cecil Taylor, and post-1965 John Coltrane; mildly avant-garde could be anything from Sun Ra to saxman Jorge Sylvester to Russ Gershon's Either/Orchestra and other inside/outside artists who have recorded for Gershon's Accurate Records. And the words mildly avant-garde could also be applied to Billy Martin's January 14-15, 2005, a CD that is definitely left of center but is still -- by avant-garde jazz standards -- relatively accessible. The material, for all its eccentricity and abstraction, has an immediacy that is missing from a lot of avant-garde jazz which isn't to say that the more extreme stuff isn't valid and worthwhile -- only that it isn't nearly as easy to absorb. Recorded live at Tonic a Manhattan venue on January 14 and 15, 2005, this 54-minute disc is named after its recording dates. But had Martin opted to name the album after one of its selections, an appropriate title might have been "Purification of Wounds" -- appropriate because there is something very uplifting and enriching about these highly spiritual performances, which are greatly influenced by African tribal music. This is avant-garde jazz that -- as clich├ęd as it may sound -- leaves the listener feeling refreshed. Next to drummer/percussionist Martin, the star of these abstract yet funky performances is vocalist Shelley Hirsch, whose singing and chanting favors a consistently stream-of-consciousness approach. Hirsch spares no passion, and she clearly enjoys a strong rapport with the leader. Martin has a great deal to be proud of -- especially his work with Medeski, Martin & Wood -- and January 14-15, 2005 is yet another release he should be thrilled to have in his discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Amulet Records
  • UPC: 680490101724
  • Catalog Number: 17

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Martin & Socket Primary Artist
Billy Martin Indexed Contributor, Percussion, Drums
Cyro Baptista Percussion, Vocals, Voices
Shelley Hirsch Vocals, Voices
Eddie Bobe Conga
Min Xiao-Fen Vocals, Voices, Pipa
Calvin Weston Percussion, Trumpet, Drums
Eyvind Kang Bass, Guitar, Trumpet, Violin
Shahzad Ismaily Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Melodica
Brian Marsella Melodica
Technical Credits
Billy Martin Composer, Producer
Bill Mulvey Engineer
Kaaren Erickson Engineer
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
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