Russian Dolls

by Marbin

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The best jazz always has one foot in tradition and one foot in innovation. Danny Markovitch’s first solo venture, Russian Dolls, is no exception. In this album, with the help of four-time Grammy award winner and Golden Globe winner Antonio Sanchtez on drums, and Marbin's phenomenal Dani Rabin on guitar and bass, saxophonist Danny Markovitch draws from jazz titans Charlie Parker, Julian “Cannonball” Adderely, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and more, while keeping his unique and recognizable voice. The seven compositions are a beautiful mix of traditional jazz, Israeli folk music, and a shade of tango.

Danny explains the origins and title of the album: “At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, my wife found an old music notebook while reorganizing the house, and inside it there were many songs I wrote and never got to use. Discussing them with Dani Rabin, we decided there was more than enough substance in the songs to make a worthwhile album, providing we could recruit a great jazz drummer, which is an understatement when talking about Antonio. The album’s title refers to an idea from an essay written by my wife, who is Ukrainian and has several sets of these Russian nesting dolls. Basically, she sees the dolls not as a family, but as one person accumulating a collection of selves. Not a growth of our younger selves into our adult selves, but different people all together. Like our child self and teenager self and college-aged self are all different people living within us, the way the dolls live inside each other. I thought it was a perfect name for the album since the songs were written at different times in my life: two, five, ten, and even twenty years ago. When I wrote each of these songs I was a different musician: a kid that had just picked up the saxophone and was becoming obsessed with it; a soldier suddenly inspired on his weekend at home from the army; a new immigrant to the US living in Chicago, etc.”


released November 6, 2020

Danny Markovitch - sax
Dani Rabin - guitar and bass
Antonio Sanchez - drums


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