The incredible Chicago based road warrior MARBIN has a new album.
MARBIN, one of the biggest treasures and musical talents found by MoonJune’s honcho Leonardo Pavkovic, is a progressive instrumental jam-jazz-rock-blues-fusion band based in Chicago, with a unique story that stands out in today’s music world. With a do-it-yourself approach and encouragement by Mr. MoonJune, MARBIN started touring extensively in 2011, bringing their original instrumental music to every part of the United States, performing also in Canada, Mexico, and Colombia. Through word of mouth, MARBIN has gained dozens of thousands of devoted fans all over the world and has sold over 25,000 of albums. MARBIN has released six albums: Marbin (2009; self-released), Breaking the Cycle (2011; MoonJune), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013; MoonJune), The Third Set (2014; MoonJune), Aggressive Hippies (2015; self-release; marketed by MoonJune), and Goatman and the House of the Dead (2016; self-release; marketed by MoonJune). Israeli Jazz (2018, self-released), is their 7th release. The dynamic foursome co-led by two Chicago based Israeli expats, guitarist plus-quam-extraordinaire DANI RABIN and sax virtuoso DANNY MARKOVITCH, is hitting the road on March 23, 2018. If You have a chance to see this band, do yourself a favor!
An explosive mix of eclectic instrumental progressive jazz-rock fusion, blues, klezmer & Israeli music like You never heard before.
The first thing noticeable when Marbin‘s seventh album, Israeli Jazz, is done playing is that it doesn’t sound similar to any other jazz album to date. The unique blend of Dani Rabin’s distorted guitar with Danny Markovitch’s bright soprano sax tone, the fast unison lines, the intricate forms of the songs and how the music skips from one section to another, and the melodic and harmonic language the band uses in its compositions and solos. Markovitch explains: “To us, jazz is about the spirit of the music. At the heart of our music, there are always improvised solos over harmony and form. Good jazz always has a delicate balance between chaos, the solos, and order, the compositions/arrangements, and that’s the line we tread on while allowing ourselves to explore all the other aspects of music”. The second noticeable thing is that the album doesn’t sound overly Israeli. Rabin expands on that point: “Both Danny and I grew up in Israel listening to Israeli music, but we also grew up listening to jazz, rock, folk, and blues. We felt it’s appropriate to name the album Israeli Jazz because it gives a more whole and nuanced look to music that undeniably has Israeli roots, but at the same time is drawing from other traditions and fuses them into a coherent vision”.
Dani Rabin guitar Danny Markovitch sax Jon Nadel bass Blake Jiracek drums
“The hardest working band in America! Averaging 250 shows a year!”
“Far from being just another jazz-rock fusion band, Marbin occupies their own stylistic space. More an instrumental rock band than a jazz fusion band, Marbin’s music seems to come from the guitar hero world of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Joe Bonamassa. But there’s a good deal of other stuff going on in their music. Steeped in blues, surf, and the folk music of their native Israel, in addition to jazz-rock, Marbin consistently avoids easy pigeonholing. Part of this is due to the fact that the band is based on the musical partnership of two virtuosos: guitarist Dani Rabinand saxophonist Danny Markovitch. People stopped thinking of saxophone as a virtuosic lead instrument in rock music decades ago, but Markovitch seems determined to change that view single-handedly.” – Dave Wayne, All About Jazz
“Jazz-fusion, rock, folk, blues, prog-rock, bits of heavy metal, and straight jazz…it’s all here folks in one nice little package. [Marbin is a] band that needs to be on your immediate radar if they aren’t already.” – Pete Pardo, Sea Of Tranquility
“Danny Markovitch might not be the best driver in the world, but he can play a heck of a sax, he is a monster.” – Allan Holdsworth (R.I.P.)
“Guitarist Dani Rabin and saxophonist Danny Markovitch generate lightning fast unison choruses and dynamic solo sprees atop the rhythm section’s tight, razor-sharp focus.” – Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
“Marbin is a crazy talented group making music hard to pin down but easy to appreciate. –Victor Aaron, Something Else
“Let’s just say I’m completely blown away from this group and their albums.” – Zachary Nathanson, Music From the Other Side of the Room
Mar 23 – Indianapolis, IN (Mousetrap)
Mar 24 – Paducah, KY (Festiversary 3! at Paducah Beer Works)
Mar 25 – Chattanooga, TN (JJ’s Bohemia
Mar 26 – Johnson City, TN (Willow Tree)
Mar 27 – Knoxville, TN (Open Chord)
Mar 28 – Asheville, NC (Isis Music Hall)
Mar 29 – Greenville, SC (The Firmament GVL)
Mar 30 – Charlotte, NC (Evening Muse)
Mar 31 – Winston-Salem, NC (Muddy Creek Music Hall)
Apr 01 – Raleigh, NC (The Pour House)
Apr 02 – Richmond, VA (The Camel)
Apr 03 – Virginia Beach, VA (Shaka’s Live)
Apr 04 – Harrisonburg, VA (The Golden Pony)
Apr 05 – Roanoke, VA (5 Points Music Sanctuary)
Apr 06 – Beckley, WV (Melody’s)
Apr 07 – Charleston, WV (Boulevard Tavern)
Apr 08 – Lexington, KY (The Burl)
Apr 12 – Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
Apr 13 – La Crosse, WI (Midwest Music Fest At The Root Note)