"Alex Martin is a brilliant guitarist, one who can take a specific phrase and put it into a number of contexts so that it will conjure up those genre markers and proclaim that we’ve arrived and we’re setting up camp."
-- Marc Phillips, Part-Time Audiophile, August 5, 2021 (read the full review)
"Alex Martin does a beautiful job of making the connection between folk music and jazz: musics of the people that respond to the moment, never played the same way twice. He and the talented musicians who join him on this record take us on a joyous, improvised journey around the world. Get your ticket and connect."
--Tom Cole, host, "G-Strings," WPFW, 89.3 FM, Washington, DC
"Worldbeat-Jazz? Folk Songs, Jazz Journeys (Pajarito Verde), guitarist/composer Alex Martin’s third, congeals his nomadic experience into tasty morsels of vignettes from France, North Carolina, Latin America, Maryland and Texas into a frothy bubbling stew of delicious melodic and rhythmic invention. Of course, he has help. Using some of Washington DC’s finest, he has made beautiful jazz out of ancient folk melodies like “Wayfaring Stranger” (1858) and “I Once Loved A Lass” (1680). With music emanating from West Africa, Appalachia, Brazil and Europe, Martin makes it into one simmering gumbo of exotica."
-- Mike Greenblatt (author of Woodstock: Back to Yasgur's Farm), Goldmine Magazine, July 12, 2021