Not by Chance

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Never underestimate the power of a sideman. Having talented, capable sidemen on board can mean the difference between a lackluster album and a creatively successful album -- and as a sideman, bassist Joe Martin has done his part to make a lot of studio recordings and live gigs creatively successful. So it's only right that on his own album, Not by Chance, Martin is well served by a cohesive team that includes reedman Chris Potter, acoustic pianist Brad Mehldau, and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Potter and Gilmore, of course, have long résumés as both leaders and sidemen -- and with Martin in the driver's seat, they have no problem helping to bring someone else's material to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Never underestimate the power of a sideman. Having talented, capable sidemen on board can mean the difference between a lackluster album and a creatively successful album -- and as a sideman, bassist Joe Martin has done his part to make a lot of studio recordings and live gigs creatively successful. So it's only right that on his own album, Not by Chance, Martin is well served by a cohesive team that includes reedman Chris Potter, acoustic pianist Brad Mehldau, and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Potter and Gilmore, of course, have long résumés as both leaders and sidemen -- and with Martin in the driver's seat, they have no problem helping to bring someone else's material to life. Except for Jaco Pastorius' "The Balloon Song," everything on this early-2009 post-bop recording is a Martin original; clearly, playing an abundance of standards wasn't what he had in mind. Had the quartet opted to emphasize well-known post-bop standards -- let's say Wayne Shorter's "Footprints," Miles Davis' "Milestones," Joe Henderson's "Recorda Me," and John Coltrane's "Equinox" followed by Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" and Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa" -- that would have been easier for Potter, Mehldau, and Gilmore than having to learn Martin's compositions. Playing eight Martin originals no doubt forced them to get into his head as a composer. But Potter, Mehldau, and Gilmore obviously rose to the occasion -- and while the self-produced Not by Chance isn't an exceptional post-bop outing, it is certainly a solid and satisfying one. Call it karma, if you want; with Martin having served many of his employers well, he deserved to have gifted sidemen on board when he recorded a project of his own. Not by Chance illustrates the value of teamwork; again, never underestimate the power of a sideman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Anzic Records
  • UPC: 896434001252
  • Catalog Number: 6001
  • Sales rank: 127,891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Semente (8:50)
  2. 2 In the Meantime (8:35)
  3. 3 Caché (8:26)
  4. 4 A Dream (9:19)
  5. 5 The Balloon Song (3:53)
  6. 6 Once Before (7:15)
  7. 7 Far (6:03)
  8. 8 Not by Chance (8:15)
  9. 9 The Stoic (8:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Martin Primary Artist
Joe Martin Bass
Brad Mehldau Piano
Chris Potter Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
Marcus Gilmore Drums
Technical Credits
Jaco Pastorius Composer
James Farber Engineer
Joe Martin Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
Brian Montgomery Digital Editing
Joseph Eugene Martin III Composer
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