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Album Review

The music on this CD is a bit of a surprise. Pianist Phil Markowitz is perhaps best known in jazz for his lyrical and melodic playing years ago behind Chet Baker. He has also worked with Phil Woods, Joe Williams, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, and Ravi Coltrane, among others. On Catalysis, Markowitz interacts with his regular trio, contributing harmonically adventurous originals that inspire the musicians to create complex improvisations. Somehow the three players generally think as one, for the music is often dense and always unpredictable. None of the melodies are destined to become standards, for the harmonies and the interplay between the musicians are much more memorable than the themes. The ballads tend to be brooding, the hotter pieces move purposefully in unexpected places, and "Undercurrents" masterfully utilizes repetition. Although the music on Catalysis may seem a bit forbidding the first time around, repeated listenings reveal a great deal about the special musical communication that consistently takes place between the players. Catalysis is well worth exploring.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Phil Markowitz has been a talented pianist for decades, generally better known as a valuable sideman rather than leader of his own sessions. He began playing piano when he was four. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Markowitz formed a fusion group in 1973 called Petrus. Three years later he officially moved to New York City, where he worked with Joe Chambers, Toots Thielemans, Miroslav Vitous, Jeremy Steig, and others. Most significant was his time as a member...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 15 July 2008

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