May 22, 2013
Phillip‘Doc’Martin a rising alto saxophone star who’s heartfelt, humble melodies are wooing live audiences across the country. Phillip’s third and current release Realization, features 14 new songs that don’t passively fit traditional smooth, instrumental or funky rhythm genres. His tunes flex, bounce & bend offering audiophiles a new sax diagnosis.Martin plays his horn with a warm and clear tone supplemented by a chronic range that takes you on a soulful and energetic journey.
Realization is a toe-tapping finger-snapping,get out of your-seat groove CD. Martin’s unique eclectic style takes you on a musical journey from smooth to straight ahead jazz. Jazz star Jeff Lorber says”Doc Martins horn always blows with the energy of a live club recording something sadly missing from most smooth jazz artists these days”.
Legendary George Benson says, Doc Martin is “Someone to watch!”In following his ambition, he attended the University of Central Florida and played as a sideman with Grammy Award winner Sam Rivers, Grammy nominee Kirk Whalum, Sunnie Paxton, Wes Hamrick & the Sounds of Soul. As Phillip continued to hone his skills, he became influenced by saxophone greats Charlie Parker, Grover Washington Jr.,Dave Koz & Gerald Albright.
In 2003, he recorded his first CD, Saxappeal, with music producer, keyboardist, Tony Hemmings. After moving to Washington, D.C.Martin became a member of the Marcus Johnson Project; and graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry hence the moniker ‘Doc’. While in dental school,Martin realized he was able to do it all and through studying on a plane between gigs, his new release Realization on his own label Saxtime Entertainment became a reality/vision for the new CD.
Phillip performs in festivals/venues throughout the U.S./Caribbean including the St.Lucia Jazz Festival,Bahamas Jazz Festival,Carolina Music Festival, Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival,Washington, D.C.’sBlues Alley,Philadelphia’s Dell East, and many more.
Jazzy, Funky and Smooth all describe the Innervision Records Debut of sax-man Phillip ‘Doc’ Martin, “Good Day at Work“! Available at CDBaby.