Exposé Online banner

Marbin — Aggressive Hippies
(Moonjune (Marbin self-released), 2015, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-11-20

Aggressive Hippies Cover art

Marbin’s fifth time out captures a live-in-the studio take on an instrumental hybrid of rockin’ jazz rife with great grooves, unforgettable melodies, and tasty rhythms, plus some real surprises. On most of these nine cuts, guitarist Dani Rabin lays down the bedrock for saxophonist Danny Markovitch to wail over, while the rhythm section of John Lauter (bass) and drummer Greg Essig keep the manic pace. Listening to a cut like “African Shabtay” or “Y’all Are Good” will take the listener on a surprising journey at a breakneck pace, yet this doesn’t sound a bit like your typical jazz-rock or fusion one bit – it’s definitely outside all the normal boundaries of those genres, with elements of ethnic, folk, and Middle Eastern traditional sounds informing the proceedings. “Morning Star” takes off a bit more gently, with some beautiful soft sax figures backed by tasty guitar lines as it slowly builds over its near nine minutes, with some interesting and muscular detours along the way. One of my favorite tunes here, “Juke Joint,” is a joyful and melodic romp through all of the above, and then some, with bristling electric guitar solos and playful sax melodies driving throughout its near seven-minute duration. The title track may be one of the most flat-out rocking pieces here, funky and quick-stepped with monsrous groovin’ sax throughout. Closer “Jambo” is an eight-minute blast of complex rhythms and grooves that’s again filled with numerous interesting detours that make the listener want to hit the replay button. With all their previous releases being as good as they were, one wouldn’t think this new one could be any more engaging, but it is; Aggressive Hippies tops them all, nary a dull moment to be found anywhere.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Marbin

More info
http://marbinmusic.bandcamp.com/album/aggressive-hippies

Latest news

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Glass Hammer - Perelandra – My first impressions of the album were that the music is a trite retread of the same standard progressive ideas, just performed by a different set of enthusiastic fans using weakly written material....  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues