Marbin is a progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in today’s music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started touring in 2011 and has played over a thousand shows since, bringing their original instrumental music everywhere in the States that they could book a show. After well over a thousand shows and more than 20,000 albums sold, Marbin has gained thousands of devoted fans all over the worldwide. Marbin has released five albums with Moonjune Records: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013), The Third Set (2014), and Aggressive Hippies (2015).
In addition to their regular schedule, Marbin has toured with Allan Holdsworth’s trio with Yellow Jackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Virgil Donati of Planet X, as well as Scott Henderson’s trio, which included Mike Clark and Jeff Berlin. Marbin has also recorded and performed with drummer Paul Wertico, (Pat Metheny Group), bassist Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Wayne Krantz, and more.
The Maw (DSM) – “The Maw are an incredible live band, and I have to admit, I am proud to know that they are from the Des Moines area. I hate the label of “Jam Band”… I think it sends out visions of sandal-wearing hippies singing funky melodies in between structured guitar and drum solos… Not that there is anything wrong with that… It’s just that I have been there, and that scene has worn thin with me. The Maw certainly do not apply to that form of music… But I think a Band that Jams might be a good fit. Half way through “Chora” the first song in their set, I am thinking to myself, Dem boys be smoking some funky stuff.
They actually caught me off guard… I wasn’t expecting to be that entertained.
Who do they sound like? Well if you ask the band, they will tell you Miles Davis, Cannibal Corpse, Pink Floyd, and The Mahavishnu Orchestra, to name a few. That’s quite a mix, and if you throw in what I heard, you’d have to add pockets of Supertramp, Jethro Tull, King Krimson, and Sundial. I couldn’t help but wonder how a band could be influenced by so many, and yet defy categorization. To put it simply, the only band that sounds like The Maw… Is The Maw.”
–Article courtesy of Troy Church of The Big Foot Diaries
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