"SEMJA likes to keep tabs on musicians such as Billy Mitchell who left our area to pursue national careers. This month we report briefly on three CDs by younger expatriots. On Treading Air · Breathing Fire (Soluna records) ex-Detroit tenor saxophonist Jeff Marx is joined by John Esposito (piano), Ira Coleman (bass), and Peter O'Brien (drums) on eight original compositions. Marx is an exciting player who has clearly absorbed the lessons of John Coltrane and especially those of Wayne Shorter..." Continue...
Review at www.arjazz.org · Jeff Marx Quartet: The Great Unknown · By Alain Drouot
"After spending more than a decade in New York where he played with such heavyweights as Reggie Workman, Thurman Barker and a budding Dave Douglas, Jeff Marx relocated to Chicago around 1993. So, it should not come as a surprise if he called up some old NYC friends (pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Jeff Siegel) for his first outing as a leader. Jeff Marx wanted [to take his listeners into familiar territory] this first opus to be accessible and put together a well-balanced program of standards and originals by himself as well as some current and former collaborators such as the late and legendary Arthur Rhames." Continue...
Review by Dick Crockett
"Jeff Marx and Scare 'em Stupid from Treading Air · Breathing Fire reminds me of those days in the mid-sixties on Wayne State University's Campus at John Sinclair's Artist Workshop, where the likes of Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp and Ornette Coleman were en vogue, and 'off the top [of] your head' free form poetry, chanting and shouting expletives [were] not on the public air waves..." Continue...
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