"Wind is a master with the bow, but it's his plucked lines—gracious and singing—that define his sound. He resembles no one more than another European master, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen...an early influence."
- Brian Mortin, Downbeat Magazine, Nov. 2020
Martin Wind, Teaneck, New Jersey, August 2021
My Astoria Queen, Martin Wind Quartet (Laika)- Martin Wind’s life was changed irrevocably upon his arrival in New York. While testing the waters and surveying the scene during a stateside visit in 1995, it took less than 24 hours for the German-born bassist to meet the woman whom he would later marry.
After he made the move there the following year, both the city and an evolving relationship would become nurturing constants for his artistry. Now, a quarter-century later, Wind pays loving tribute to place and partner with My Astorian Queen.
Teaming with three close colleagues—multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, pianist Bill Mays, and drummer Matt Wilson—Wind reminisces in style.Full Review in the Dec 2021 Issue of JazzTimes Magazine
My Astoria Queen, Martin Wind Quartet (Laika), is subtitled "25 Years on the New York Jazz Scene" and contains mostly songs Martin has played and/or recorded with various bands, including his own, over that quarter century. He is joined here by multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, pianist Bill Mays, and drummer Matt Wilson. Martin solos on all nine tracks. Two of them are duets. Bill's "Peace Waltz" includes arco bass in the opening and closing themes, with Martin playing pizzicato and Bill soloing lyrically in the middle. "New York, New York" is by Martin and Matt, drums creating a back-beat shufﬂe behind Martin's upfront pizzicato bass.
Scott shows his multiple skills on Thad Jones' lively "Mean What You Say," mashing up the theme and solo improv on trumpet, then following Martin's solo with one on tenor sax, trading fours with Matt on that instrument too. Martin's "Solitude" is an original, not the Duke Ellington piece, and finds Scott limning the theme on clarinet. It also showcases a resonantly ringing solo from Martin. Scott goes to "Broadway" on bass sax, plays tenor on three other tracks, and bounces back on trumpet on "There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York," notable for a catchy trumpet-bass duet.
MARTIN WIND QUARTET
My Astorian Queen Laika
It has all the air of being an act of gratitude to the Big Apple, the city that welcomed him twenty-five years ago from his native Germany, opening him ipso facto access to the prestigious local jazz circuit, the collection that sees the double bass player Martin Wind, owner of a quartet made up of the musicians who most often shared stages and recording rooms with him, namely: the pianist Bill May, the saxophonist and trumpeter Scott Robinson and the drummer Matt Wilson.
A resounding thanks to New York, therefore, but also a cordial and elegant invitation to fans forced to postpone their next visit to that area and the opportunity to enjoy live the repertoire unveiled by the lineup in My Astorian Queen.
Starting with the enthralling swing exhibited in Mean What You Say, a Thad Jones workhorse that Wind has inextricably linked to his first time as a spectator at the legendary Village Vanguard, a reinterpretation that sees Robinson take on the role of the showman.
Other highlights of the record include Broadway marked by Robinson's gruff bass saxophone again and May's piano agility, an impeccable homage to Jobim and Getz (E Preciso Perduar) and an inevitable New York, New York version.Jazz flowing on velvet