Wednesday, 16 September 2020

PHILLIP "DOC" MARTIN · PHILLIP "DOC" MARTIN

Label: Saxtime! Entertainment
July 27, 2020

Most artists who put a “Doc” in their name do it out of cleverness, for marketing reasons, or as a crafty way to express their mastery of their instrument or vibe. Since the release of his 2003 debut Saxappeal, Phillip “Doc” Martin has all that down pat, wowing audiences everywhere from Blues Alley in D.C. to the St. Lucia Jazz Festival and the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival. His latest release and 7th CD self-titled was produced by Super Producers Marvin Tony Hemmings and Jacob Webb and Mastered By Darren Rahn. 

While many independent artists with cool, successful “day jobs” prefer to avoid references to them when they talk about their music, Martin is the complete opposite, fully embracing the inspirational factor of being a top notch practitioner in two very different professions. Beyond his ever-expanding musical fan base, hundreds of patients in the Washington DC area know him as “Dr. Martin,” a board-certified dentist in group practice there. He called his 2013 album "Good Day At Work" to reflect his artful balance between the rigors of life as a dentist and the sometimes exhilarating, often challenging grind of being an independent artist and performer. One of the insert photos in the packaging of Pocket Love finds him enjoying the best of both worlds, embracing his treasured alto while wearing his green scrubs and cap.

As Martin continued to hone his skills, he became influenced by influential sax players from across the traditional and smooth spectrum, including Charlie Parker, Everette Harp, Grover Washington Jr., Dave Koz and Gerald Albright. In addition to his acclaimed discography, his appeal as a live performer has secured him shows at prominent venues like Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland, Philadelphia’s Dell East and SoCal’s Spaghettini, in addition to appearances at the Bahamas Jazz Festival, Carolina Music Festival, Trenton Jazz Festival and Berks Jazz Fest.

Because of the financial ups and downs of being an independent artist, Martin made an important life decision to become a dentist, moving to the Metro DC area to attend Howard University College of Dentistry, where he received his degree and certification. His love of music and his commitment to dentistry were both so strong that he rebranded himself as Phillip “Doc” Martin and relabeled his early releases under that name so new fans could find them.


La mayoría de los artistas que ponen un "Doc" en su nombre lo hacen por astucia, por razones de marketing o como una forma astuta de expresar su dominio de su instrumento. Desde el lanzamiento de su debut Saxappeal en 2003, Phillip “Doc” Martin tiene todo eso en mente, cautivando al público en todas partes, desde Blues Alley en DC hasta el Festival de Jazz de Santa Lucía y el Festival de JazzTrax de Catalina Island. Su último lanzamiento y séptimo CD homónimo fue producido por los superproductores Marvin Tony Hemmings y Jacob Webb y masterizado por Darren Rahn.

Mientras que muchos artistas independientes con sus “trabajos diarios” geniales y exitosos prefieren evitar las referencias a ellos cuando hablan de su música, Martin es todo lo contrario, abrazando completamente el factor inspirador de ser un practicante de primer nivel en dos profesiones muy diferentes. Más allá de su base de fans musicales en constante expansión, cientos de pacientes en el área de Washington DC lo conocen como “Dr. Martin”, un dentista certificado por la junta que ejerce en grupo allí. Llamó a su álbum de 2013 "Good Day At Work" para reflejar su ingenioso equilibrio entre los rigores de la vida como dentista y la a veces estimulante y desafiante rutina de ser un artista e intérprete independiente. Una de las fotos insertadas en el empaque de su álbum "Pocket Love" lo encuentra disfrutando de lo mejor de ambos mundos, abrazando su preciado saxo mientras usa su uniforme médico y gorra verde.

Mientras Martin continuaba perfeccionando sus habilidades, fue influenciado por saxofonistas influyentes de todo el espectro tradicional y suave, incluidos Charlie Parker, Everette Harp, Grover Washington Jr., Dave Koz y Gerald Albright. Además de su aclamada discografía, su atractivo como intérprete en vivo le ha asegurado presentaciones en lugares destacados como Ram's Head Tavern en Annapolis, Maryland, Dell East de Filadelfia y Spaghettini de SoCal, además de apariciones en el Bahamas Jazz Festival, Carolina Music Festival, Festival de Jazz de Trenton y Festival de Jazz de Berks.

Debido a los altibajos económicos de ser un artista independiente, Martin tomó la importante decisión de convertirse en dentista y se mudó al área metropolitana de DC para asistir al Howard University College of Dentistry, donde recibió su título y certificación. Su amor por la música y su compromiso con la odontología eran tan fuertes que se rebautizó a sí mismo como Phillip “Doc” Martin y volvió a etiquetar sus primeros lanzamientos con ese nombre para que los nuevos fans pudieran encontrarlos.

Tracklist

1 Ridin’ High
2 Flowin’ With It
3 Her Touch
4 Won’t Let Go
5 Look To The Sky
6 Interlude
7 Start Again
8 Right In There
9 Paradise


Phillip “Doc” Martin – Alto Saxophone
Jacob Webb – Programming, Keys, Bass
Kevin Bowden – Drums
Sonny Dumarsais – Guitar
Marvin “Tony” Hemmings – Programming, Keyboards
Chantel Hampton – Vocals
Daniel Kelly – Guitars
Curtis McCain – Percussion
Havier – Vocasl
Jamaal Andrews – Bass
Jessie Carraballo – Drums

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