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Marco Martinez & NOI

Jul 22, 2021

 NOI comes from jazz, it has some of the most elegant Pat Metheny flavor, growing in every hearing, becoming one with the images it feeds on from the ones that it conjures up and finally sounding just like Marco Martínez or anything else that we wish to imagine and name it by. A world in itself. A record forever.


 Ten songs composed by Marco Martínez and recorded in January 2021 at the Meidinerz Jazz Club de Gijón, among which in addition to his ubiquitous and majestic phrasing guitar, voice, and samplers we may find Horacio García on bass and Pier Bruera on drums as the base band, occasionally joined by Eladio Díaz on saxophone, César Latorre on piano and Fernando Arias on percussion. An outstanding graphic design by the Franco-Belgian artist Marie Lavis, a regular collaborator in Montreux Festival, rounding off a record that stands out with a special brightness in the large Errabal Jazz catalog. One of those albums apparently with an anecdotal appearance, released as an appendix or accompaniment of a greater work ending up generating a new being itself, complicit and oblivious at the same time to the work that inspired it. Making us even doubt what was created before and what after. A strange world, oblivious to time and space, no doubt.

NOI lives in a strange world, far removed from time and space. Arising from emotions caused by “Todo está allí” (Everything is There) a free Chekhov's Three Sisters version written by Victoria A. Mussetti, enriching this beautiful play with a look or rather countless thorough, personal, unique, sometimes serene, other disturbing and always appealing glances. Like the characters in the play, Irene, Andrés and Olga, travelers in a familiar and at the same time oblivious Argentina. Clinging to a time that no longer exists, idealized, and sometimes hated as well. A mixture of emotions that lead into a personal development that everyone must feel it their own way, along with NOI. A collection of compositions written by Marco Martínez that becomes another character that grows right next to them on this beautiful album.

Marco is graduated in Jazz Superior degree in Superior Music Center of the Basque Country-Musikene,  School of Modern Music and Jazz of Oviedo teacher and pedagogical director from Siero Improvisation Seminary, he has been teaching since 1994, and has developed an intense jazz work in his own groups such as Quatro Jazz Quartet, Marco Martínez Special Trio and also collaborating among others with Connection 4tet , E. D. Hip Hop Experience, Cinema, Eladio Díaz Control Z, Mapi Quintana and Joaquín Chacón. Although it was not until 2019 when he released his first album as a leader, also for Errabal. A sign that his most precious treasure has been gradually taking shape out of wisdom gathered during this journey to deploy him in his deepest and most emotional expression (to date) in NOI. Basic trio, three simple letters, initials from three characters, that awaken a new world and grow before our eyes and ears, stunned and fascinated, unable to decipher the code to its breathtaking beauty.