Jeff Marx | Treading Air, Breathing Fire

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Treading Air, Breathing Fire

by Jeff Marx

An exploration of structure and freedom with a strong emphasis on rhythmic drive alternating with periods of calm.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Times Change
8:33 album only
2. Through a Glass Lightly
6:29 album only
3. Treading Air
6:58 album only
4. Scare 'em Stupid (live)
15:59 album only
5. Song of the Trees
8:22 album only
6. Desperate Measures
5:30 album only
7. Forsaken
9:28 album only
8. Zenobia
5:21 album only


Album Notes
Born and raised in Detroit, tenor saxophonist Jeff Marx has been playing the horn since 1973, with his work showcased coast to coast in the USA, as well as in Europe. From early years in San Francisco, to playing with the greats in New York,

Detroit and Chicago, Marx has already left his own mark on the world of jazz.

He cites John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson as his most_important influences, as the triumvirate of sax giants that has influenced him most profoundly. Jeff's distinctive style definitely mirrors this assertion.

Even though it is self-evident to compare his style to these jazz majors, since he echoes their influences, Marx nonetheless has an_incisive, muscular voice all his own, propulsive and organic, possessing great precision, warmth and clarity. The pieces on which he plays are a reward to listen to.
His interest in jazz is rooted in Detroit, where, since his earliest recollection, jazz was always his music of choice. It was the visit of one of Sonny Stitt’s Detroit concerts, however, that became a pivotal experience, leading to a turning point in Jeff Marx's life.

Marx was so utterly fascinated with Stitt’s perfection, that his decision to commit himself to a serious study of jazz music was soon made. Seeking to immerse himself more thoroughly, Marx moved to the West Coast, where he lived in Berkeley and studied with Hal Stein from 1974 to 1977. The 70’s jazz scene in Oakland and San Francisco was hot, and Marx was able to play with greats like Eddie Henderson and Mark Levine.

With the jazz virus now irrevocably entrenched in his blood, Marx moved to New York City where he settled for 14 years from 1979 - 1993. It was here that he played with Coltrane stalwart, Reggie Workman, guitarist Kevin McNeil, and jazz luminaries Donald Byrd, Ed Schuler, Jim Pepper, Gene Jackson, Ira Coleman, Santi DeBriano and Dave Stryker among others.
He co-led Second Sight with John Esposito, Jeff Siegel and Dave Douglas for five years, from 1986 to 1991. Increased visibility led him to tour overseas, playing in Spain and Portugal in 1984, and throughout Europe.
Marx has also played at the 1989 Greenwich Jazz Festival and in New York City for Columbia College Radio in 1990.

Although saddened by the death of Jim Pepper on February 10, 1992, he was honored to play on the National Public Radio memorial program for his former colleague.
Since the '90's Chicago has become Jeff Marx's home base, and he also played at the 2002 Detroit Jazz Festival. Between Chicago, Detroit, New York, Milwaukee, and Ann Arbor, Jeff has been busy with gigs at notable area clubs, such as Bakers in Detroit, Firefly in Ann Arbor Mi. Green Mill, Velvet Lounge, and Peter Millers in Chicago.

His decision to devote himself as fully as possible towards a search for his own voice on the saxophone, has made him limit his work as a sideman. Nonetheless, the roster of musicians he has played with remains impressive.
Marx is a live situation animal, a committed proponent of recording the fruits of the moment. This has led to a rejection of the use of overdubs in the studio, where his modus operandi is to record as if in a live setting.

Marx has released the CD’s "Great Unknown" (Naugual Music) and “Treading Air Breathing Fire” (Soluna Records) under his own name, and can be heard on Don Bennett's CD "Reaching for a Star", together with Jessie Davis (alto sax) and Malachi Thompson (trumpet), as well as on Second Sight’s 1986 LP “Flying with the Comet” (SunJump Records).

His newest release is "Treading Air - Breathing Fire" (Soluna Records)_with Ira Coleman (bass), Peter O'Brien (drums) and John Esposito_(piano).
Jeff is due to record tracks for a new CD with the line up of Treading Air early in 2007, so we can look forward to more music from this great ensemble soon!

He is currently recording new pieces together with drummer Jeff Siegel - the CD containing the fruits of this fantastic duo project will hopefully be released soon.

A re-release of the Second Sight LP is in the works at SunJump Records (John Esposito’s label). The CD will apparently feature bonus tracks never before released. Due to the amount of unreleased material available, the CD package may even take the form of a double-CD. We’ll have to wait and see!



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