What does a band that has performed almost 1000 shows all over the USA over the last three and a half years do for an encore? Recording a scorching, balls-to-the-wall, three-alarm live album feels like a natural progression! Without question, one of the hardest-working, most motivated and driven independent bands in the world today, Marbin's The Third Set is a testimony to both that synonymous work ethic, as well as to the depth of musical diction, styles and textures these young gentlemen have achieved. Beyond that, it's a bone-crushing, no-holds-barred, sonic feeding frenzy!! "The two Danny's" (Dani Rabi on guitar and Danny Markovitch on sax) take a sizzling set of their best material to new heights and an unparalleled intensity: capturing facets of their style, sound and group interaction as only a smokin' live performance possibly could! Ever the musical chameleons, Marbin continues to expand their horizons -- pushing their music to the absolute limit, while keeping the accelerator pressed firmly to the floor! Both founders, Rabin and Markovitch, show more-than-ample evidence of the fire that burns in them both. Rabin's chops have never been more hard-hitting, emotional and convincing; with blazing legatos lines alternately punctuating proceedings with Beck-like melodic phrasings and sweet chord comp work, Dani's many hours of off-stage preparation and sustained musical growth are clearly in evidence. Markovitch plays with more fervor than ever before, with his perfectly-interspersed and -articulated lines weaving their magic throughout. The band never sounded tighter or more on top of their game. (... who said "playing with fire" was a bad thing?) The Third Set is the next step forward in the evolution of Marbin, as today's prodigies transform into tomorrow's progressive luminaries. Fasten your seat belts
released August 24, 2014
Danny Markovitch - saxophone
Dani Rabin - guitar
Justyn Lawrence - drums
Jae Gentile - bass
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
It's not only great jazz you get from MoonJune, of course. The stable is rich with talent from the forefront of progressive music.
This sampler gives two and a half hours of those riches to tempt you into investigating talent you may not have been aware of before.
Listen. Enjoy. Peter Jones
AtE was like a familiar friend on first listen. On every spin I’m struck: So quickly it wormed into my memory! Even after long absences each twisty, reedy breath still delights, excites; each electric thrum still enervates, resonates. Sweet and sharp, jazzy and jagged, complex yet smooth. Eminently hummable brain dances! And despite my love (preference?) for instrumentals, Glass Cubes slays like Carla Bley meets Der Mann im Fahrstuhl in an absinthe dream. The captivating Susan Clynes! Love it. Dr. "Buzz" Frenzy (Matthew J Hesse)
How can music be this good? It's both unlike anything else and such a great example of jazz at its height. With Stavi and Sirkis, Dharmawan has a core trio with an all star pedigree, supported by equally powerful featured artists. Peter Jones