Back in the 1970s, fusion used to mean one thing; the melding of jazz improvisation and chord structures with the stylistic eclecticism and pure energy of progressive rock. As a recognizable formula emerged, it became common to hear the exotic strains of various ethnic musics in a jazz-rock fusion context. By the late '70s, its emphasis shifted again towards more accessible pop and R&B-derived sounds driven by the economic demands of the time, leaving us with smooth jazz. The 21st century has ushered in a rebirth of fusion, as the style's originators--musicians such as keyboardist Chick Corea and guitarist John ...read more
Dani Rabin is a burgeoning guitar hero and could shred with the best of them, evidenced by this first-class band's third release, featuring guest spots by drummer Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny) and percussionist Jamey Haddad (Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano). Marked by a diverse track mix and genre-busting compositional frameworks, the artists cross that imaginary boundary, where enviable technical acumen coalesces with tuneful motifs, equating to a highly listenable form-factor. Nonetheless, the meticulously sculpted production, yields gratifying qualities as the band effortlessly whirls through a jazz-fusion baseline, spotted with Balkan, Middle Eastern, progressive-rock and other theme-driven stylizations. Marbin kicks ...read more
Even on their eponymous debut Marbin's style was far from being derivative but with Last Chapter of Dreaming their third release in as many years they have matured and found their singular artistic voice. In a way this album expands on the themes and motifs expressed on their second Breaking the Cycle but the ideas are crystalized, excesses trimmed and the whole more cohesive.The cinematic ambience remains, imbued with poetry and subtle humor. Breaking The Cycle" for instance opens with guitarist Dani Rabin's charged and electrified swells of sound over drummers Paul Wertico and Justyn Lawrence's fiery beats. ...read more
Marbin--Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch and Israeli-American guitarist Dani Rabin--began as a duo in 2007, but now regularly plays with percussionist Justyn Lawrence and bassist Jae Gentile.Last Chapter of Dreaming is the group's fourth album if its first is considered to be Paul Wertico's Impressions of a City (Chicago Sessions, 2009), where the duo was the Mid East" contingent of the ex-Pat Metheny Group drummer's Mid East / Mid- West Alliance, but Marbin (Self Produced, 2009) was its true first as a duo. Breaking The Cycle (Moonjune, 2011) followed, with additional musicians Wertico, bassist Steve Rodby (another Metheny Group ...read more
At its jazz-rock core, Marbin is the Israeli duo of guitarist Dani Rabin and saxophonist Danny Markovitch, sort of a Israeli version of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the essence of Steely Dan. Bassist Steve Rodby and drummer Paul Wertico, who cumulatively won 18 Grammy Awards as members of the Pat Metheny Group, provide the rhythm support for Marbin's second album and MoonJune debut; Wertico herewith returns the favor of Marbin's melodic contributions to the drummer's 2009 release Impressions of a City (Chicago Sessions).The windy, electric Loopy" melody bursts open with all the bright, hot splendor of the ...read more
Marbin's sophomore album Breaking the Cycle is very different than its eponymous debut. Gone is the Zen-like, expansive but quiet sound, in favor of a cinematic quality with intensely complex tunes full of color and texture. The lineup has also expanded from the duo of guitarist Dani Rabin and saxophonist Danny Markovitch to include bassist Steve Rodby, a few different vocalists and various percussionists--and, most notably, veteran drummer Paul Wertico, whose hypnotic and propulsive rhythms drive the opening Loopy." A modal composition anchored by Rodby's bass, Loopy" has ample space for Markovitch's Steve Lacy-like soprano improvisations and Rabin's heavy, electric ...read more
Categorizing Marbin's eponymous release as ambient jazz hugely underestimates its music. It is rather atmospheric, but also has enough improvisational substance to not just stay in the background. Marbin is the duo of guitarist Dani Rabin and saxophonist Danny Markovitz. The two also composed all the pieces on the record, ranging from the vaguely bluesy Abadaba" and theatrical Mei" (with added vocalese from Mat Davidson), to the Japanese-sounding Crystal Bells" and gorgeous tango, Cuba." The CD is laid out like a five-course meal for the ears; with each long track (the last one being the prog rock-sounding ...read more
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