Phillip Doc Martin – Pocket Love
Working once again with producer / keyboardist Marvin “Tony” Hemmings (Montel Jordan, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Jeff Lorber and Kirk Whalum) Phillip “Doc” Martin’s 11-track collection Pocket Love puts Martin’s fresh horn melodies front and center. The bright and spirited atmosphere-rich soul ballad title track and a lush, seductive cover of the Grover Washington, Jr. classic “Just The Two of Us” feature the distinctive tones of Grammy winning guitarist Paul Brown. Elsewhere, the percussive mid-tempo seduction “Club Life” features exciting horn doubling textures, old school key harmonies, trumpet and flugelhorn. The moody and whimsical ballad “Black Shoebox” finds Martin soaring over an easy shuffling groove, while the spirited jam “Hip Today” blends the best of modern and old school sensibilities.
Other highlights include the mystical soul-jazz sheen and dark guitar strumming on “Groove Love” providing a foundation for Martin’s candlelit sax passion; the crunch-groove and wistful synth harmony driven “LA Nights”; the swaying, sensual funk ballad “Pardon Me”; and the high octane, brass-fired jam “REM Funk”. The saxophonist closes Pocket Love with an hypnotic cover of John Legend’s #1 ballad “All of Me,” performed to perfection as a stripped down duet by Martin and Hemmings.
Scheduled for released March 18, 2016 on Innervision Records you can pre-order the album now at Amazon.com.