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Founded in Israel in 2007

Marbin began in 2007 with Israeli-American guitarist Dani Rabin and Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch improvising their music. With the addition of drummers Justyn Lawrence and Paul Wertico, and bassists Ian Stewart and Steve Rodby, the band has since played hundreds of gigs across the United States, including a tour with Scott Henderson, Mike Clarke and Jeff Berlin.

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3.97 | 15 ratings
4.07 | 22 ratings
Breaking The Cycle
4.43 | 23 ratings
Last Chapter Of Dreaming
4.24 | 18 ratings
Aggressive Hippies
4.33 | 9 ratings
Goat Man & The House Of The Dead
4.00 | 19 ratings
Israeli Jazz
3.17 | 5 ratings
Strong Thing

MARBIN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.10 | 12 ratings
The Third Set

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 Strong Thing by MARBIN album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.17 | 5 ratings

Strong Thing
Marbin Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars There are many bands out there where their main strength is in working together to create improvisations in a most seamless way, one or two instruments taking a spotlight while the other instruments work with them to create a background that usually is based around a theme, and all of the musicians trying to be engaged. These types of bands are usually best experienced in a live setting, such as "Phish", "Hawkwind" or almost any jazz/rock fusion band out there. This is the dilemma facing the band known as "Marbin", who try to approach their studio recordings by performing them like they are live. This band take their songs which have already been proven in live settings, and try to bring in the live atmosphere and the improvisational excitement and put it in a studio setting where it can be then recorded. They try to go beyond the excuse of "Well, we are a live band and we can't transfer that excitement to a studio recording".

Marbin has seen some worldwide success and has also established a cult following, and their fans attest to their strength as a cohesive band in their live shows. Marbin attempts again to bring this excitement to their 7th studio recording "Strong Thing". Dani Rabin (guitar), Danny Markovitch (sax), Jon Nadel (bass), and Everette Benton Jr (drums), is the foursome that makes up this jazz fusion band that performs songs that are all instrumental, but each song has a personality and a story. This album, released in December of 2019, consists of 10 tracks, 3 of which are divided up into 2 parts, which ends up with a total run-time of 57 minutes.

One of the pleasures you get from seeing them in a live show is that the band gets a chance to explain the story behind each of the strange and funny titles that these tracks have. A studio recording tends to take that away, and we are left only with the music, but there is also an advantage to that. It allows the spotlight to be on the music and the talent of the band. This is immediately apparent in the opening track "Messy Mark", which sounds like it would have an interesting story, but the joy and the excitement of the music is still there regardless. The music is quite heavy on the rock side of the fusion here, but the improvisation from the guitar and the sax is a lot of fun, especially from Markovitch's sax which flows, twirls and dives in and out of riffs and motifs as it plays around with the main thematic element, and this track just flies by at a tremendous speed that it's 8 minutes are almost hardly even noticeable. And, yes, you can almost picture yourself there at a concert bouncing along with the crowd and watching in awe as this band works together as if they can read each other's minds. So does their method work? For me, it does.

Another 8 minute track follows with "Spank Tank", and the lively and enthusiastic performance continues, with the guitar getting an early solo, showing off in runs and riffs with ease. With 2 long tracks starting things off, it makes one wonder if the band will wear out it's welcome with this assault of crazy and quite impressive soloing against a rock heavy background. Everyone is in the band is quite impressive with the bass and and a barrage of drums holding their own quite effectively while the lead guitar and sax do most of the improvising. They still get to show off, but is it too much all at once? Do we need a chance to breathe after all of this?

Well, that could be part of the reason for dividing the next track "Just a Little Bit" into 2 parts. Also, after the slam of the two previous and quite heavy tracks, this one takes things much more smoothly and easily along, softening things with a soothing, yet engaging sax providing the thematic and improvisational center for the track. The really great thing about this though, is, even with a smoother sound, the music still has a bit of a rough and tumble edge to it as it continues and becomes a little more intense, so you don't have to worry at all about this music sounding too "new-age" or bringing any memories of your tacky date night Kenny G music. This is full bore fusion, even when it's soft. Part 1 features the sax taking over the improvisation, while part 2 lets the bass establish the background and then bringing in the sax and guitar harmonizing with each other. Don't worry, though, the guitar gets to shimmer along by itself soon enough, and this part belongs more to the romanticism of the electric guitar. Again the mood begins soft and smooth and intensifies as it continues, resulting in more emotion from the guitar solo, and by the end of the track, you will be impressed.

"Alabama Sock Party" brings back a very lively sound with fast moving tempo and the bass flying along with the guitar churning out notes faster than your boss' secretary can type. It's crazy and wild, even when the sax takes over, and the bass line is finally more out front, and there is not a problem with all of the members keeping up with each other. This one is quite a tornado of notes and music. "Itchybun" has more of a progressive feel to it with a complex sound and changing textures, utilizing more of a dynamic feel than before. Most of the dynamic part is in the first half as it stays more chaotic in the 2nd half.

The title track comes next, and it is divided up into two parts. Like the previous track, this one has a more progressive feel. The first part is more moderate and led by the guitar while the 2nd part is quicker and based off of a rapid fire guitar riff, even though the sax gets to establish the theme that it later improvises around. "Fisticuffs" is also divided up into 2 parts. It seems to be based more around a tango style riff that the sax and guitar play around with. The beat itself is heavy and straightforward though, and the tango style really doesn't translate as well as it should as it ends up turning into another track that could have used some more dynamic and variety.

Sure enough, the excitement of a live show is quite apparent throughout the album. There are plenty of sax and guitar solos to make any fusion and improvisational jazz lover happy. What is lacking, however, is variety and dynamics. When the slower and smoother track comes along early in the album, the last half ends up suffering from a bit of overkill and not enough room to breath. No doubt that this band is talented, and in past albums, they were able to communicate their ability to work with more variety and dynamics, but on this album, there is a lack of this. Unfortunately, this brings the album down a bit as the listener might get tired of the tracks sounding too much alike, each one not having the personality to distinguish itself from the others. As each song and title has a story behind it, that translation gets lost in this studio setting, so even though the performance is exciting enough to give you a taste of their live shows, it gets lost in the band not communicating to the listener. It all ends up sounding impressive, but in the end, there isn't much that sticks in your memory when distinguishing one track from another. It ends up feeling like an average album, when in reality, it is better than average. The performances are top notch, but what it has in performance, it lacks in personality. It ends up getting 3.5 stars, but unfortunately rounds down to 3 in the end.

 Aggressive Hippies by MARBIN album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.24 | 18 ratings

Aggressive Hippies
Marbin Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars I remember the first element that caught my attention about this band named Marbin, was the curious cover art of their debut album, which reminded me a bit of Miyazaki's drawings, so then I listened to the music and liked what I heard. A couple of years after that discovery, I am here talking about Marbin's most recent album, which I knew thanks to Leonardo Pavkovic from Moonjune Records, the band's label. An album released in 2015 entitled Aggressive Hippies, whose story can be found and read on the Marbin ' Moonjune's bandcamp site; a curious and funny story, by the way. So Marbin has been frequently on my most recent listening sessions with their 2014 live album The Third Set, and now with this new one. Now I'll tell you why.

Aggressive Hippies consists of 53 explosive minutes divided in 9 songs in which Dani Rabin on guitars and Danny Markovitch on saxophone, provide wonderful compositions that are magnificently complemented by Greg Essig on drums and John W. Lauter on bass. The music they give us lies on the jazz fusion scene, however they bring several elements from rock, blues and experimental music. So during the whole album you will have a feast of energy and explosions in one hand, and some softer moments with some kind of jams in the other. An example of this, is the first song entitled 'Just Music', that I believe represents the global idea of enjoying the music without labels, because it is just music, you choose whether you like it or not.

'Y'all are Good' offers a great guitar sound making the rhythm first and later with some wonderful distorted solos, while drums and bass guide the structure and the saxophone adds its amazing charisma. I like a lot Marbin's music, and also it reminds me a bit of Mexican band Luz de Riada, which is one of my favorite national acts. But well, this song takes you to different roads, though in the end those roads take you to one destination: musical satisfaction. 'Intro' is a short song with a calm atmosphere in which guitar gives us a moment of relaxation. And it leads to 'African Shabtay' which shows us a bombastic and explosive sound since the very first second. Here we can appreciate the musicianship and how they spread their love for what they do, because one can easily notice that they get along very well and that they love writing and performing music, sometimes the music itself can give tell you the musicians' mood, and here I know they all were excited while recording this wonderful track.

'Juke Joint' is not that crazy as the previous track, this one has a slower rhythm led by saxophone that takes me a bit to Balkan territories. But that slower rhythm progresses and the intensity increases little by little; also, the leadership changes later when guitars take the baton and offer wonderful solos. It is undeniable these are creative and talented musicians, one can truly notice it on the almighty 'O'l Neckin'', a song that kicks asses, in which the drumming work is simply incredible, superb. Later, the saxophone shows how crazy it can get (and how amazing, of course). This is one of my favorite tracks on this album.

But I believe the pinnacle arrives with 'Morning Star', a 9-minute track whose first minute is very sensual and delicate, but later when guitar and bass join, the mood changes and it begins to build up new structures, adding a nice variety of textures and nuances that give as a result a wonderful experimental jazzy song whose different passages will not let you down, because no matter the changes and the directions, your attention and interest will be kept here. 'Aggressive Hippies' is the shortest track and the one with the happiest mood, a kind of rock-jazz that will suggest you even to dance. The last track is 'Jambo' which is an amazing outro, full of energy and power, where Marbin plays at its finest (well, in the whole album plays like this, actually) offering a extraordinary blend of jazz rock elements that can be devoured by your musical instinct anytime you wish.

What a great album by this wonderful band, without a doubt they earn a solid four-star rating, so please do yourself a favor and listen to it.

Enjoy it!

 The Third Set by MARBIN album cover Live, 2014
4.10 | 12 ratings

The Third Set
Marbin Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars What an amazing band! Everytime I listen to Marbin, I simply wish to see them live in concert in the near future, because it is obvious they provide wonderful shows full of energy, jazz fusion/rock and craziness, one can tell by the music included in "The Third Set", a live album recorded from March to April 2013 and released a few months ago under the Moonjune Records label. Of course, I want to thank Leonardo Pavkovic for once again introducing me to wonderful groups.

The album features 10 songs and a total time of 65 minutes where Dani Rabin and Danny Markovitch, wonderfully joined by Justyn Lawrence and Jae Gentile, make first class music where our senses hide from reality and enter to a lunatic, yet adorable musical realm. The first track is "Special Olympics" and since the very first seconds one can perceive the energy, the power that these guy bring on stage, so it is easy to make a mind-trip and virtually attend to their show. The guitar work is simply amazing, this time more oriented to the rock side, but the jazz fusion side is always present somehow.

With "The Depot", they share a nice blend of rock & blues with a great progress, I mean, though it might start slowly, all of a sudden you realize they are jamming with a faster rhythm. Bass and drums prepare us for the show, while guitar first amazes us with its riffs, and later sax brings its cadency. "Crystal Bells" has a softer touch, relaxing sound produced by guitar, after a couple of minutes bass joins and a new structure is being prepared, later drums enter and now the music becomes trippy, rockier. It is always great when sax adds its special touch, there are some moments I would love to listen to it more frequently, however it appears when it has to.

"Redline" makes my wishes come true, because the saxophone has a main role here so it creates wonderful passages where the virtuosity of Markovitch stands out! There is craziness included in this track, and one thing is sure, you will enjoy it and you will shake your head. Some minutes later the guitar takes the lead, and the jam prevails, offering 8 minutes of pure bliss. "Culture" brings a sax introduction as a solo, almost two minutes later guitars, drums and bass enter and together create a magnificent act of deep intensity. In moments, they remind me of Mexican band Luz de Riada, whose live shows are as amazing as the Marbin ones.

"Vanthrax" sums up what we have been listening to so far: jazz fusion explosions, bombastic guitar riffs, great structures made by bass and drums, and the introduction of an exquisite saxophone in the right moments. "Rabak" provides craziness once again; I adore the energy the band implements, because it is simply contagious. Also worth mentioning they diverse inner changes in the songs, because they also give us relaxing moments, where one can take a breath after their faster moments.

One of my favorite tracks is "Splaw", here I totally love the bass player's work, it sounds clean and productive, always bringing the accurate rhythms no matter if guitar or sax are on their soft or crazy side. A wonderful blend of rock, jazz and even blues can be appreciated here. "Northern Oddyssey" is the shortest track, and it is about a ballad-like moment led by saxophone. Finally, "Volta" closes this wonderful live album. It has a sax oriented introduction, and then the expected explosion comes. So it goes until the very end, leaving us totally excited!

It is a great album without a doubt, recommended for those who love instrumental jazz fusion / jazz rock. My final grade, four solid stars.

Enjoy it!

 The Third Set by MARBIN album cover Live, 2014
4.10 | 12 ratings

The Third Set
Marbin Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US based band MARBIN was formed in 2007 by Danny Markovitch and Dani Rabin, and they released their debut album two years later. Since then Marbin has become firmly established as a live band, with hundreds of concerts all over the United States under their belt. They were also signed to Moonjune Records a few years back, and so far they have released two more studio albums on that label. "The Third Set" is their fourth full length production, and was released through Moonjune Records in the fall of 2014.

Marbin, as they come across on "The Third Set", appears to be a band that thrives on mixing elements from many different styles into their very own and specific take on jazz rock and jazz fusion. The sound is generally a gritty one, with plenty of details borrowed from traditional blues based hard rock, but generally explored within a jazz or jazz rock oriented framework. As Marbin comes across as an extremely tight live band, they manage to pull of their blend of styles in an excellent manner, and while they may get to be a tad too elongated or too chaotic at times they maintain a high level of interest throughout. A strong live album by a strong live band, and a production that merits a check by those who enjoy high quality instrumental jazz rock that blends in a fair amount of blues and hard rock, with a touch of metal as the icing on the cake.

 Breaking The Cycle by MARBIN album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.07 | 22 ratings

Breaking The Cycle
Marbin Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Guitarist Dani Rabin and saxophonist Danny Markovitch started playing together in their native Israel in 2007, then after relocating to Chicago released their debut album in 2009. This gained them a lot of critical attention and they were asked to collaborate with 7-time Grammy winner and former Pat Metheny Group drummer, Paul Wertico on his album 'Impressions of a City'. The trio decided that they had a special chemistry together and that they wanted to keep playing and Paul brought in his former bandmate and current Pat Metheny Group bassist, Steve Rodby, to complete the line-up. What I like so much about this album is the sheer diversity of styles, and at times it is hard to comprehend that not only is it the same band but all from the same album as musically they are all over the place, which makes it fun not only for them but also to those playing the album.

Take "Mom's Song" for example, this contains some scat vocals and is gentle and restrained, but is followed by "Bar Stomp" which is a "Minnie The Moocher" with dirty guitars and plenty of emotion. The first time I played it I had to check what I was listening to as it is just so different to what is before and what follows. There is some wonderfully distorted and fuzzed guitar and slide guitar and a laid-back feel that just brings a smile to the face. But for all the times when they swap leads, moving through lots of different styles and antics, it is the very last song on the album that I have found myself returning to. In many ways it is the simplest, and is the only other song to feature vocals, but Daniel White has a commanding presence and the arrangement provided for "Winds of Grace" is perfect. In a perfect world this acoustic ballad would be top of the charts worldwide, and the sax would be seen as providing additional class with its' simple presence. But I guess this will just be our secret.

A wonderful album from start to the end.

 Marbin by MARBIN album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.97 | 15 ratings

Marbin Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Fascinating debut effort by this US-based Israeli duo.

With guitars and a saxophone as their chosen tool, this dynamic duo has managed to create a brand of sophisticated jazz music that might make forays into the new age market segment as well as the avant one, as eerie as this may sound. There's 5 main compositions on this effort, and all of them are elaborate constructions featuring richly textured arrangements with multiple layers of guitars as a backdrop for saxophone and guitar soloing. Dreamlike in overall expressions but with a myriad of subtle details to find if you give the individual track attention.

5 shorter pieces follows each of the main numbers here, some of them brief concise mood pieces while others comes across as edited parts from improvisational jams. The former works better than the latter, the improvisational numbers are actually the only efforts here that actually fails to inspire beyond the level of being nice enough.

A very good effort overall, and should be checked out by those who enjoy sophisticated dreamy music made with a great deal of finesse.

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