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Album Review

Phil Markowitz is better known for his work as a sideman, so this rare opportunity to hear him leading his own date is worth checking out. The post-bop pianist composed five of the CD's eight tracks, including the thrilling "Taxi Ride," which seems to aurally convey the complexity and energy of New York City at night. Special guest Toots Thielemans, with whom the pianist worked regularly in the early '80s, adds his matchless harmonica to an imaginative arrangement of the Beatles' "And I Love Her" as well as the pretty ballad "If It Were Me," which was written by the leader's wife, Davia Sachs. Sachs, a gifted singer, and cellist Eugene Friesen are featured in the haunting "Elegy."


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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Taxi Ride, Phil Markowitz
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  • 7,92 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 21 April 1998

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