Born: May 27 Primary Instrument: Guitar
David Martin was born in Toledo, OH and grew up in Charleston, WV. He graduated from Capital University's Conservatory of Music in Columbus, OH. He is a composer, arranger, teacher, and performer. He played in the Columbus area for several years then moved to Minneapolis, MN. In 13 years he had his own jazz trio and also played in Puro Cubano, Beira Mar Brasil, Proyecto La Plena, Latin Sounds Orchestra, Salsa Del Soul and Blue Plate Special.
He played on Brazilian musician Robert Everest's cd Trio Daviola. He was also a bassist on on the CD Smokin' Cuban Jazz sold nationwide at Target stores.
He moved to Portland, OR in 2008 where he and Mike Doolin teamed up for the cd Reflection and has been back in Minneapolis since Sept. 2010.
“Fantastic! by bionictangerine I've been a fan of Mike Doolin for about a year now - and this album, which he recorded with his pal David Martin - is not to be missed out on. These two are fantastic live, and if you miss a chance to see them together, you'll kick yourself. They both have amazing guitar and bass playing skills, and make everything look effortless, natural and joyful. Reflection features songs written by each of them, and is as rich and rewarding as the best first cup of coffee you've ever had waking up to the sun after a night of hard rain. It's eclectic enough for every section of your favorite sunday newspaper. David Martin currently calls West Virginia home, while Mike Doolin is in Portland, Oregon; so your opportunity to see either one of them is currently coastal. They do get together though, so keep an eye out. The whole album is a must-have, but I'm currently digging Riane, Sumb Thumb, and B Movie Love Theme. A set of 11 very happy discoveries.” Bionictangerine - ITunes
I always encourage people that have heard the cd to give us their thoughts and Jerome was nice enough to do that. Jerome is an artist, graphic designer, and portrait watercolorist here in the Twin Cities:
There is nothing negative i can say about the music. I am very impressed! You should be very proud. This CD is beautifully produced, creative, and well conceived. I might add the engineering was spot-on, too. I enjoyed the different aural aspects of the instrumentation. The inventive sound effects on the guitars are a treat. This is a mature, confident, professional project. The execution, meaning the playing, is excellent. Really, I can't say anything negative at all, just a great group of songs played superbly. I have to admit that my mind wandered a bit on some of the solos. I wouldn't call it overplaying or noodling. I chalk it up to my own short attention span. The artists that came to mind while I listened are Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck, Lee Ritenour and yes, Frank Zappa. I love the modern feel to this, the fusion feel of jazz with rock. I know that's nothing new, but this CD felt new and inspired. The innovative rhythm interested me a lot. I like to be challenged. All in all, a very satisfying listen. the CD will be in my car. I will listen to it as much as There and Back by Jeff Beck or Wes Bound by Ritenour. I will also recommend this CD to friends I think will enjoy this. My favorite tunes are B Movie Love Theme, Sumb Thumb, Red State, and Fool Me Once. That's from the first listen. I'm sure i will find more to like. Thank you for the privilege to listen and give my review. Much appreciated.
Jerome Beckley, Minneapolis, MN
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Private guitar and electric bass instruction since 1993. Currently out of home in Minneapolis, MN. $20/hr