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The Smooth Jazz Ride: Good Day At Work

The Smooth Jazz Ride

July 16, 2013

Saxman Phillip “Doc” Martin has surely brought a smile to the faces at InnerVision Records with his latest release entitled Good Day at Work. The album is smooth and charismatic with lots of funk and bounce. Crystal clear sax work accompanied by a solid rhythm section, this album hits the mark dead on.

Giving us a little insight in exactly what this CD is all about, Martin says, “With the struggle of balancing dental school and a music career now 5 years behind me, there now poses a new challenge: Balancing my job as a practicing dentist and my music career. What I consider a good day at work is providing my patients with great high quality dentistry during the day and knocking it out of the park on stage at night.” If he is as good a dentist as he is a musician, I’d say he indeed faces a very pleasant dilemma. If he remains as committed to his music as he obviously has to his dental practice, that dilemma can only take a positive turn, allowing him to comfortably pursue both passions. He certainly can’t turn away from music now…not after enticing us with great and tight efforts like this album.

Jumping on the lead and title track with wired spunk, the saxman plows through this project with determination to capture all who dare listen to his work. With this release, and without a doubt, I’m sure he’s captured much more than a few hearts and ears.

Martin brings fellow saxman Darren Rahn along to handle some guitar, synth, and production duties. With that move, he proves to be as wise as he is talented.

The material here is strong and diverse, with Martin cleverly interweaving original material (e.g., the title track, “Let’s Go,” Together Again,” and “Pillowtalk,” just to name a few) with tasteful covers of tunes written by the likes of Duke Ellington (“In a Sentimental Mood”), Joe Zawinul (“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”), and Stevie Wonder (“Can’t Help It”).

Solid. Well-produced and arranged. Tight. Living and breathing. Yep, I’d say this CD represents a very good day at work for the good doctor. – Ronald Jackson