Joe Martin (bassist)

Joe Martin is a jazz bassist and composer.

Joe Martin
Martin in 2015
Martin in 2015
Background information
Years active1990s–present
LabelsFresh Sound, Anzic


Martin moved to New York City in 1994.[1] His recording debut as a leader was Passage, a quartet album with tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, pianist Kevin Hays and drummer Jorge Rossy, recorded in 2001.[2] Seven of the eight tracks were Martin compositions.[1] His second album as leader was Not by Chance, in 2009, with Chris Potter (tenor sax, soprano sax, bass clarinet), Brad Mehldau (piano), and Marcus Gilmore (drums).[3] Martin has often worked in Turner's quartet, and in guitarist Gilad Hekselman's group.[4]


An asterisk (*) indicated that the year is that of release.

As leaderEdit

Year recorded Title Label Notes
2001 Passage Fresh Sound New Talent Quartet, with Mark Turner (tenor sax), Kevin Hays (piano), Jorge Rossy (drums)
2009 Not by Chance Anzic Quartet, with Chris Potter (tenor sax, soprano sax, bass clarinet), Brad Mehldau (piano), Marcus Gilmore (drums)
2019? Étoilée Sunnyside Quartet, with Mark Turner (tenor sax, soprano sax), Kevin Hays (piano), Nasheet Waits (drums)

As sidemanEdit

Year recorded Leader Title Label
2018 Rudy Royston Flatbed Buggy Greanleaf
2018 Jerome Sabbagh No Filter Sunnyside
2018 Michael Leonhart The Painted Lady Suite Sunnyside
2017 Chris Potter The Dreamer Is the Dream ECM
2017 David Kikoski Kayemode Criss Cross
2017 Simona Premazzi Outspoken Premazzi
2016* Edward Simon Latin American Songbook Sunnyside
2015* Gilad Hekselman Homes Jazz Village
2015* Oded Lev-Ari Threading Anzic
2015 John Raymond Foreign Territory FSNT
2014 Anat Cohen Luminosa Anzic
2014 Jerome Sabbagh The Turn Sunnyside
2013 Mark Turner Lathe of Heaven ECM
2013 Gilad Hekselman This Just In Jazz Village
2012* Anat Cohen Claroscuro Anzic
2012 Donald Fagen Sunken Condos-'Slinky Thing" Reprise
2012 Nadje Noordhuis Nadje Noordhuis Little Mystery
2011 Gilad Hekselman Hearts Wide Open Chant du Monde
2011 John Stetch Fabled States Addo
2010 Jacam Manricks Trigonometry Posi-Tone
2010 John McNeil and Bill McHenry Chill Morn He Climb Jenny Sunnyside
2010 Scott Feiner Accents Zoho
2009 Raphael Imbert NY Project Harmonia Mundi
2008 Kurt Rosenwinkel The Remedy Artist Share
2008 John McNeil and Bill McHenry Rediscovery Sunnyside
2008 Jaleel Shaw Optimism Changu
2008 Gilad Hekselman Words Unspoken Late Set
2007 Jerome Sabbagh Pogo Bee Jazz
2006 Gilad Hekselman Split Life Smalls Records
2005 Jon Gordon The Things You Are Artist Share
2004 Jerome Sabbagh North FSNT
2003 Ari Ambrose Jazmin Steeplechase
2002 Jane Monheit In the Sun N-Coded
1998 Kurt Rosenwinkel Intuit Criss Cross
1998 Nat Su The J Way FSNT
1997 Jon Gordon Along the Way Criss Cross
1996 Perico Sambeat Ademuz FSNT
1996 Dan Faulk Spirits in the Night Fresh Sound
1996 International Hashva Orchestra TCB
1995 Michael Leonhart Aardvark Poses Sunnyside


  1. ^ a b "Joe Martin – Passage". Fresh Sound Records. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Chinen, Nate (July/August 2003) "Joe Martin – Passage" Archived 2016-12-20 at the Wayback Machine. JazzTimes.
  3. ^ Henderson, Alex "Joe Martin – Not by Chance". AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Lutz, Phillip (October 2014) "Mark Turner – His Own Pace". Down Beat. pp. 46–47.