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Marbin "Strong Thing"

Jazz Rock group Marbin has released their latest album, Strong Thing. This is the band’s Eighth album and follow-up to 2018’s Israeli Jazz.

Marbin is the work of Danny Markovitch (saxophone), Everette Benton Jr. (drums), Dani Rabin (guitar), and Jon Nadel (bass)

You can catch Marbin at John Brown’s On The Square in Marion on January 10th.

   

Mending “Chapter 09: Christopher at The End”

Over the last two year Mending, Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas, has told a story that spans decades through their beautiful blend of folk and drone. This week they released the final installment in the nine part series, “Christopher at The End”.

Here is the brief overview of where the story is as it ends. In year 39-40, safe among family and friends in his home, six-year-old Christopher tries to make sense of his rapidly changing world. But unmitigated climate change with increasingly volatile weather, and a militarized authoritarian government threaten the sanctity of Wakerobin Hollow. This chapter, told entirely through the eyes of this young child, filtered and abstracted by his naïveté, joy, and fear, brings us to the conclusion of Book 001.

You can catch Mending opening for Dried Spiders at Middle Brow Bungalow on Dec 29 for free.

   

Junius Paul "ISM"

Composer and Bassist Junius Paul has released an amazing new album called ISM via International Anthem.

This album was record all around the city at locations like The Hideout, Comfort Station, and Co-Prosperity Sphere, and features likeminded musicians like Isaiah Spencer, Jim Baker, Rajiv Halim, Makaya McCraven & Marquis Hill.

Photo by Attila Kleb

   

Woods' got tunes, with Junior Reggae and SIFTER

The other night I found myself at Woods, playing cards with a friend and enjoying the finest cider I’d laid lips on in a while. A local quartet had just set up and as the music on the speakers died down, the vibrant sounds of jazz lit up the space and I’m telling you: the room shifted. Bassist Lisa Mezzacappa was killing it, Jordan Glenn snapped away on those drums, the trombone and the alto sax blended beautifully. At one point my card playing partner turned to me with happy shaking head, saying, “Who is this?” Between songs I went up to ask the trombonist (Rob Ewing) who wrote the piece and he pointed to saxist Beth Schenck. “It’s called ‘Dedicated To,’” he told me. Amazing.

I’ve since been digging on more SIFTER and found myself listening to another project led by Ewing, Junior Reggae, who just released their latest album These Lines, off Slow and Steady Records. The band is “avant-dub,” with modern jazz at its core but with—as the name suggests—a marriage of reggae, dub and fluid jazz compositions throughout. Influenced by Augustus Pablo and Lee “Scratch” Perry, the group is a unique find that brings together an inspiring collection of musicians. There’s Max Miller-Loran on trumpet and keys, Steven Blum on keys, Jason Levis on percussions and Rob Ewing on bass, trombone, keys and more percussion. It’s an ear fest. Junior Reggae is playing Woods this Friday December 6 from 5-8. Come on out for an evening and save me a cider. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

Album artwork by Jesse Rimler

   

Tiger Hatchery "Rusty Opened Broken Soul of a Locust"

The Improvisational Jazz trio Tiger Hatchery has released a new EP called "Rusty Opened Broken Soul of a Locust”. This year the trio celebrates ten years together and this is their third official release.

This is the work of Mike Forbes (sax), Andrew Scott Young (bass), and Ben Billington (drums).