Marbin's "The Third Set" is a live recording that captures moments from their back-breaking tours that, according to MoonJune Records, amounts to almost 1,000 gigs in the last three and a half years. They have covered the United States and have enjoyed the drinks and the fans, according to founding member Dani Rabin.
Marbin originated as a duo of Danny Markovitch (The Mar in Marbin) on saxophones and Dani Rabin on guitars. Their self-titled debut album was only the two of them and was a bit of a Jazz venture while their second album "Breaking the Cycle" brought together three more musicians. That album ,according to Rabin, represented "the transition of Marbin into a full band."
This album, "The Third Set," is the full band in full swing as a quartet, following after the third album entitled :Last Chapter of Dreaming." Joining the founders Markovitch and Rabin are Justyn Lawrence on drums and Jae Gentile on bass.
The album is introduced by "Special Olympics" and was recorded at Murph's in Dubuque, Iowa. It is fascinating and it is spell-binding and terrifically sets the stage for all that follows. Rabin attacks almost as fiercely as Jan Akkerman's most vicious. Markovitch applies the alternating saxophone which is just as furious. One is forced to remember the guitar and sax interplay in the early King Crimson albums.
"Culture" is one of the most melodic pieces on the album with great bass-work from Gentile. The same is true of "Northern Odyssey"-- a beauty of a track.
The blues are well-represented in such pieces as "Splaw" but can be felt in the undercurrents of many of the tracks.
"Volta" may be the one of the best closing tracks ever. It is furious.
In fact, Marbin can rightly be described as being furious without the chaos. The franetic musicianship never sacrifices the exactitude and precision. They are tight. They are loose. They are a firefight in a small room. They are fascinating.
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