"Oscar Peterson hatte es, Erroll Garner, Check Corea - Du auch. Entscheidend ist der Groove! Das ist einer der Gründe, warum ich so gerne mit Dir spiele…" – Dennis Mackrel
"Ein wahrer Tausendsasse" – Jazzzeitung
"Er gilt als einer der besten im Lande" – Stereo
"Wunderkind of Europe" – Allaboutjazz.com
" ...der mittlerweile in der absoluten Weltklasse des Mainstream-Jazz angelangte Pianist, liefert wahlweise funkige, swingende oder lyrische Sprenkel und launige Episode wie den torkelnden Jazz-Walzer „A Groovy Affair“. – Reinhard Köchl
In the course of his stage career Martin Sasse has worked with nearly all legends in the international jazz scene and Sasse himself ranks as one of the most outstanding jazz pianists in Europe. He has released ten albums under his own name and plays as a guest on countless recordings and at concerts worldwide. Jazz legends have influenced him, including Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Grossman and Lee Konitz. For Billy Cobham and Hiram Bullock he switched from the piano to the hammond B3 and presents himself as an outstanding organist.
Sasse played tours with the New York Voices, Dusko Gojkovich, Al Foster, Rick Margitza or Dick Oatts and was pianist in Till Brönner's series "Talking Jazz" at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. He accompanied great singers like Roberta Gambarini, Tierney Sutton, Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer) and Bobby McFerrin. His regular partners include Philip Catherine, Peter Bernstein, Dennis Mackrel and Scott Hamilton.
The Martin Sasse Trio has existed in changing formations for almost thirty years. Even their first album "Here we come" (2000) received best international reviews. Later albums include Vincent Herring, the Miles Davis saxophonist Steve Grossmann and the guitarist Peter Bernstein. For the album "Good Times" with Charlie Mariano, the trio received the famous German Record Critics' Award in 2010.
Martin Sasse has also accompanied world stars from pop and classical music, including Bobby McFerrin, Tommy Emmanuel and Chris de Burgh. He was on stage with Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo and played the European tour "Symphonicity" with Sting and the Bochumer Symphonic Orchestra. Helge Schneider, Udo Jürgens and Udo Lindenberg, some of the greatest German speaking entertainers, also belong to Sasse's musician partners.
The highly acclaimed film "Blue", which premiered at the "Jazzahead" in Bremen, accompanied Sasse's concerts for more than two years, among others at the legendary jazz club "Smalls" in New York and in the famous Annex Sound Studio in Tokyo. His concert tours have led Martin Sasse through Europe and the USA, to Japan and China, to Egypt and the Sudan. He teaches at the Institute for Media and Music at the Robert Schumann University Düsseldorf.