Album Review: "Shreddin’ at Sweetwater" by Marbin (9/10)

Marbin Music

Producers: Dani Rabin and Danny Markovitch

Recorded live in 2020 at Sweetwater Sound, Chicago-based jazz-rockers Marbin deliver the goods on a 10-track collection of new tunes and fan favorites that hits you from multiple directions. Select cuts like “Messy Mark” and “Whiskey Chaser” are a blend of modern bop dexterity matched with heavy metal grit. “The Old Ways” fuses Israeli klezmer sounds with exotic rhythms. They get funky on “Escape from Hippie Mountain” and take a “kitchen sink” approach with the multi-thematic “Splaw.” Fans of jazz fusion groups like The Brecker Brothers and early Mahavishnu Orchestra will find much joy in this inventive quartet.