The music on Marbin’s sixth album, Goatman and the House of the Dead, evokes imagery so vivid it’s easy to imagine this album being a soundtrack to a movie; perhaps a futuristic western. Each one of the nine new compositions tells a story with twists and turns and gives us a glimpse inside the band’s collective mind. The album features saxophonist Danny Markovitch and guitarist Dani Rabin in full throttle, pushing their instruments sonically and technically to new heights. Drummer Blake Jiracek and bassist Jon Nadel also do a tremendous job amplifying and adding depth to the compositions and solos.
Rabin had this to say: “Throughout our musical journey we carved a path that’s very unique and personal, and each new album was a bigger venture towards the unknown and away from the familiar. I think Goatman and the House of the Dead is a big leap forward in that aspect.”
Markovitch added: “It was important to us to play the music in a cinematic and orchestral fashion, while at the same time keeping the sound of four musicians playing together. We view music as a reflection of the human experience and try to deliver it unclouded in our albums, as well as in our shows.”
released May 14, 2016
Dani Rabin - Guitar
Danny Markovitch - Sax
Jon Nadel - Bass
Blake Jiracek - Drums
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Another gem from Indonesia - er, well, from London, mostly ;-)
Indonesian keyboard master (here just on piano) is joined by some fellow countrymen and kind of MoonJune's usual suspects.
Stylistically a wide ride, from gamelan over Canterbury to klezmer-like things. Too quote MoonJune Records: It must be Jazz ;-) Carsten Pieper
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This is the sixth Dewa Budjana album in my collection, and for $5 at a 50% promotion, it's a real steal! Well, I have to admit that I'm a big fan of his early albums, released when he wasn't a star yet, worked with local musicians, and included a fascinating far-east folk feeling in his compositions. The latter is almost completely missing on this most recent album of his, starring part of the who is who of fusion. It's well-done middle-of-the-road fusion most of the time, but alas, nothing exceptional. Even Mohini Dey's technically perfect bass wizardry is not really touching. The highlights are, in fact, both of the songs contributed by John Frusciante, "Crowded" and "Zone". Sven B. Schreiber
Chicago sax luminary Greg Ward develops the dual-guitar frontline of his backing Rogue Parade quintet as an avatar for singular strength on this zesty collection of jazz-rock fusion songs. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 10, 2019