The debut collaboration between veteran pianist Phil Markowitz and rising star violinist Zach Brock focuses on a shared love of questioning and questing through sound(s). Each man brings five originals to the table for this project, and most of them serve to highlight their common interest(s) in angular exploration, dovetailing designs, and scenarios that encourage searching. Markowitz brings a wealth of experience to the table, having worked with everybody from trumpeter Chet Baker to guitarist Al Di ...read more
Phil Markowitz has been on the jazz scene for several decades, though the veteran pianist is more widely known to many jazz fans as a sideman than as a leader, having worked with Chet Baker, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Jack Wilkins, Al Di Meola and many others. But Markowitz has written a number of impressive compositions over the years, one of the best being Sno' Peas," recorded by the late Bill Evans on his album Affinity (Warner Bros., 1978), with ...read more
Veteran pianist Phil Markowitz has built an impressive resume over the last thirty years, performing with the likes of Chet Baker, Toots Thielemans, Bob Mintzer and David Liebman. On Catalysis, Markowitz leads the way with an outstanding acoustic trio featuring eight of his original compositons. The trio is rounded out by bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Adam Nussbaum.
The level of communication between the members of the trio is of the highest order. After the sneaky unison line ...read more
With so many artists striving for attention, it's often easy to overlook those who have devoted their lives to music, known amongst musician circles as players of great depth while remaining largely below the radar. His discography as a leader may be small, but Phil Markowitz has, for the past three decades, been the pianist of choice for more visible artists including saxophonist David Liebman--in whose group he worked for a decade, collaborating on the dark-hued and pensive duet disc ...read more
The opener on Manhattan Dialogues, most of which is composed by David Liebman, is his own Teacher of Our Child. It's a comfortably melancholy rumination, yet more suggestive of the early hours of a morning after than of a kindergarten. By contrast, 7 only fleetingly lands on traditional melodic structure. Here Liebman (soprano and tenor saxophone) and Phil Markowitz (piano), who have been collaborating in various settings since the early '90s, trade musical fragments. Markowitz jumps around on the keys, ...read more
Most musicians are fortunate enough to find one musical partner where such shared simpatico exists that they can evolve in perfect tandem--exploring a variety of contexts with the kind of comfort level that ensures complete trust and an unfettered imagination that makes no pursuit beyond reach. To find more than one is rare indeed. Saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach's 20-year-plus relationship, well-documented on last year's Mosaic Select 12 box of archival live recordings, saw them approach everything from ...read more
The ambience and energy of live jazz is best experienced in person, but if you can't make the event to see your artist of interest, then these new recordings may be the next best thing. From varied settings, locals, and ensembles they give an audible glimpse of what live jazz has to offer.
Terry Gibbs Feelin' Good: Live in Studio Mack Avenue Records 2005
Octogenarian vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, who has performed on countless studio ...read more
Dave Liebman and Phil Markowitz are no strangers to the jazz public, particularly as members of the New York scene. Actively performing and recording together for over ten years, their longevity continues a pattern favored by Liebman. Pianist Richie Bierach was Liebman's longtime collaborator in the '70s and '80s. On Manhattan Dialogues, the duo's indisputable familiarity pays great dividends. All of the necessary elements for creating highly evolved music are here: advanced technical ability, cutting-edge harmonic understanding, spectacular imagination, tremendous ...read more