If you could only use one adjective to describe Martin Wind's Family, it would be "contemplative." There are other adjectives that describe this acoustic post-bop date, including lyrical, soulful, pleasing, and melodic. But more than anything, the listener is struck by how contemplative and pensive Wind and his fellow improvisers are on Family, which unites the acoustic bassist with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, pianist Bill Mays, tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, and drummer Matt Wilson. This isn't an album in which the musicians try to impress you with how fast they can play or how much technique they have; from "Maria" to "Last Waltz," they take time to reflect and make sure their performances are meaningful. To his credit, Wind wrote all of the material himself, and the fact that he is a strong accompanist also speaks well of him. When Mays, Jensen, or Perry are taking a solo and investigating the possibilities that Wind's compositions offer, the bassist never gets in their way. He lets them say what needs to be said, and this fine album is all the richer for it.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson