320

Marbin: Marbin

Hrayr Attarian By

Sign in to view read count
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 Matthew 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 "Rust") followed by a short one, serving as a palate cleanser between courses.

Throughout the various styles, the unifying factor remains the intensely emotional and constantly mellifluous playing of the pair, which maintains the theme despite its complex, angular and unpredictable flights of improvisational fancy, both with individual solos and while each member plays off each other. Their sounds weave around each other, diverge, and then flow back into the theme of each composition.

It is easy to compare Marbin to the musical partnership of Jan Garbarek and Ralph Towner with the ECM-esque sound of their work, and with careful uses of silent pauses to accentuate the notes, but Markovitz's sound is far more urgent than Garbarek's and with more bite, and Rabin's guitar work, although as lush as Towner's, has a kick reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix . Still, it is important to point out that both on their solos and on the multilayered group playing each has his own unique voice, a rare find on a debut album.

Both Rabin and Markovitz are master improvisers and superlative instrumentalists who have a deep compatibility with one another, both as composers and interpreters. The impeccably recorded Marbin, with its animé-inspired mini-LP cover, is only a little over half an hour long, but is a densely layered work of highly rewarding and enjoy able music that bends genres without ever losing its thematic unity.

Track Listing: Abadaba; Yodo; Mei; Miyazaki; Crystal Bells; Biwako; Cuba; Kasai; Rust; Sleep Now.

Personnel: Dani Rabin: guitar; Danny Markovitch: saxophone; Mat Davidson: vocals.

Title: Marbin | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Provenance CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 17, 2017
Read No Matter Where Noir CD/LP/Track Review No Matter Where Noir
by Patrick Burnette
Published: November 17, 2017
Read Out Of Silence CD/LP/Track Review Out Of Silence
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 17, 2017
Read Plodi CD/LP/Track Review Plodi
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 17, 2017
Read Secret Language CD/LP/Track Review Secret Language
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 17, 2017
Read Shamat CD/LP/Track Review Shamat
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 16, 2017
Read "The Wrong Waltz" CD/LP/Track Review The Wrong Waltz
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 15, 2017
Read "Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 2" CD/LP/Track Review Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 2
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 12, 2017
Read "Christmas With Champian" CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "The Spirit Of Piteşti" CD/LP/Track Review The Spirit Of Piteşti
by John Sharpe
Published: October 25, 2017
Read "The Candy Men" CD/LP/Track Review The Candy Men
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "Alma Matters" CD/LP/Track Review Alma Matters
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 10, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor