John Martin's Hidden Notes

LONDON Oliver's Jazz Bar
9 Nevada St,
SE10 9JL

Tickets for this show are available on the door.

Saxophonist and composer John Martin has spent years exploring the soundworld of saxophone multiphonics and overtones patterns, culminating in his second album The Hidden Notes

After studying composition with Nikki Iles and Eddie Parker at Middlesex University, John went on to play as a sideman in many bands on both the jazz and world music scenes.

He has preformed and guested with: Gareth Lockrane, Roberto Pla, Dele Sosimi, the legendry ska band The Beat and the award-winning singer Liane Carroll. He is a member of the critically acclaimed contemporary jazz folk septet Metamorphic and the Dr Das Dubnoiz Coalition, the side project of Dr Das, the bass player and founding member of the Asian Dub Foundation. His début album 'Dawning' was reviewed as 'one of the most fascinating and beautiful releases' of 2011, receiving positive testimonials from both Kenny Wheeler and Iain Ballamy. John has been a guest on both BBC radio 3's jazz line up and jazz Fm's Sunday jam and has been featured in the Jazzwise column 'taking off'.

John has dedicated 5 years to developing a tonal approach to the sonically fascinating soundworld of saxophone multiphonics and overtones patterns. The project is called 'The Hidden Notes' and has culminated in the release of Martin's second album 'The Hidden Notes - Spirit of Adventure' The record has been described as; 'a milestone for both himself and the saxophone world' by Barak Schmool the founder of the F-re collective and has also received praise from Legendry American saxophonist Bob Mintzer; 'Beautiful and compelling...His certainly found the notes between the notes!'
The Hidden Notes offers a window into a unique sound world. It is a celebration of the saxophone and all the beautiful colours that are hidden just beneath the surface - ethereal, delicate two-note whispers, rich full chords, earthy split-notes, drones and powerful metallic dissonance. Circular breathing then allows for the development of continuous rhythmic patterns opening up many new exciting rhythmic and textural possibilities.


John Martin - Tenor saxophone

Ralph Wyld - Vibraphone

Rob Updegraff - Guitar 

Tim Fairhall - Double bass

Will Glaser - Drums