Enjoy all of Marbins albums and their unique blend of genres & harmonized guitar sax runs. This release highlights Danny as the driver and results in some new vibes that delight. WoW on getting Antonio Sanchez to provide drums on this. He knows a good thing when he hears it. Just makes it all the better. Bravo!
Favorite track: Yellow Roman Candles.
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
This is an excellent album from Markus Reuter, accompanied by Fabio Trentini on Fretless Bass and Asaf Sirkis on acoustic drums recorded live in the studio. The interplay among these musicians is amazing throughout and, for me, this is true "progressive" music, as it charts new territory and leaves behind well-trodden cliches. It's challenging music that rewards a mindful listen. Put it on and listen through the whole album without modern social media distractions and you will see what I mean. Jerry F
Stumbled on this by chance ; glad I did .
Superb fusion jazz with elements of Miles Davis bitches brew/silent way/jack
Johnson period with interesting Indonesian overtones .check it out and
You won't be disappointed. Nick Bradey