Marx, Siegel and Esposito
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Marx, Siegel and Esposito

Shokan, New York, United States

Shokan, New York, United States
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Marx, Siegel and Esposito @ Mobile

Marktoberdorf, None, Germany

Marktoberdorf, None, Germany

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Graz, None, Austria

Graz, None, Austria

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Bamberg, None, Germany

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Feb 2010

Although those three musicians have been working together since the ’80s, when they all lived in the New York area (Marx relocated to Chicago in the ’90s), it is the first time they have recorded as a bona fide trio. As an aside, saxophonist Jeff Marx, drummer Jeff Siegel, and pianist John Esposito belonged to a group called Second Sight (their only outing Flying With The Comet was reissued last year by the same label) which included a budding Dave Douglas. On this date, more of less abstract melodic motifs serve as launchpads for improvisations and group interplay. In a few cases, pieces take the form of tone poems. The music keeps moving forward and avoid being repetitious. One of the reasons is the absence of a bass player, which forces each of the musicians to fulfill a rhythmic role at one point or another, or to concoct heavy rhythmic lines (“Thirteen Steaks/One Salmon”). The general mood is lyrical and reflective, but is not totally devoid of humor, playfulness, and recklessness. The trio looks forward while keeping an eye in the rearview mirror and acknowledging the past as evidenced in the hilarious “The Chuckster” penned by Marx. In fact, the program is aptly sequenced; rather mournful and contemplative pieces alternate with compositions that provide more rhythmic bite. On Esposito’s “Fludoh I,” over a steady beat sustained by Siegel, the pianist seems to challenge the saxophonist to come out of its initial torpor and enter a cutting contest. Ultimately, it is this constant and stimulating dialogue between Esposito and Marx (to which Siegel is not a spectator, but rather an instigator or a fire builder) that makes Inyo stand out and worth investigating. — Alain Drouot


Experiment with form lies at the heart of everything pianist John Esposito plays or composes. Whether he's exploring and redefining the language of the standard with his trio or writing for a large ensemble as on A Book of Five Rings (Sunjump, 2008), he has the ability to immerse himself completely in the form that's explored. This is also the case with Inyo, which is a collaboration with saxophonist Jeff Marx and drummer Jeff Siegel—both of whom played with Esposito in the group Second Sight.

Inyo takes its title from the Japanese and refers to the male and female principles that are known in Eastern philosophy as Yin and Yang. It's a very fitting title because if there's something that the album does, it is to unite unlikely opposites. Thus, the sound on the album could best be described as unquiet meditations or chaotic lyricism.

The key to understanding the challenging textures of Inyo, coming across as both melodically inviting and intellectually difficult, lies in the combination of instruments. The lack of a bass gives a decidedly more free feeling, with Esposito alternating between playing the bass patterns on the keys and painting abstract blocks of chords. However, the musical initiative changes all the time among the participants.

"Crescent Sound" starts off with Siegel entering the eye of the hurricane with a large battery of percussion sounds before saxophonist Jeff Marx takes some bold flights on the saxophone, as Esposito moves to the background.

"Chuckster" is humorous march, merging sly saxophone and semi-ragtime musings, while "Upward Decent," whose title itself is a paradox, combines a funky beat with Esposito's impromptu piano voicings.

"Horizon" ends the album, however, on a thoughtful note, with Marx's curling, windy lines and the soft tones of the piano falling like drops of rain from a tree. This is, to stay in the Eastern terminology, a true moment of musical Zen created by three masterful musicians. - Allaboutjazz

“...the superb sound and strong focused playing make this a most compelling offering... What I dig about this is the way all three players interact and give each other some space to deal with at the same time. The music breathes and feels natural with some brilliant moments that consistently emerge... The endless inventiveness of this trio is most impressive and this disc remains a jewel in more ways than one." - Downtown Music Gallery Review


JEFF MARX (discography)

"Inyo" - Sunjump Records (w/Siegel & Esposito)
"Dreamstuff- Jeff Marx/Jeff "Siege" Siegel Duo - Ayler Records
"Flying With the Comet" - Second Sight, Sun Jump Records
"Tiger Tracks" - Second Sight, Sun Jump Records
"Great Unknown" - Naugual Music (Jeff Marx, leader)
"Treading Air, Breathing Fire" - Soluna Records
(Jeff Marx, leader)
"Reaching for a Star" - Don Bennett
"West End Avenue" - Reuben Hoch, Belaphon Records

JEFF "SIEGE" SIEGEL (discography)

1984 Jeffrey Lohn Music from Paradise Daisy
1986 - Second Sight Flying With The Comet Sunjump
1987 - Second Sight Tiger Tracks Sunjump
1992 Ryan Kisor Minor Mutiny Columbia
1993 - Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson One Of A Kind Imaginary
1994 Mark Dziuba Up Until Now Joobtone
1995 - Arthur Rhames Trio Live From Soundscape, ’81 DIW
1996 - Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Points Of View Imaginary
1999 - Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Panorama Imaginary
1999 Katie Bowen A Spell Like This 11:11
2000 - Jeff Marx Great Unknown Naugual
2000 Eileen Fulton I Think About You Eiful
2001 - The New York Trio Project Fifth House Imaginary
2001 Stevens, Siegel and Ferguson Triologue Imaginary
2002 - Lee Shaw Trio A Place For Jazz Cadence
2002 - Nancy Harrow Maya The Bee Harbinger
2002 Katie Bowen Humans Don’t Fly 11:11
2002 Eileen Fulton Moonlight and Mistletoe Eiful
2003 Lee Shaw Trio Little Friend
2005 – Jeff “Siege” Siegel Magical Spaces CAP
2005 Michael Jefry Stevens Spirit Song Exit
2006 - Marx/Siegel Duo Dreamstuff Ayler
2006 - Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Get Out Of Town Imaginary
2006 Matt Finley Brazilian Wish Kingsmill Music
2007 Vince Prudente The Treatment
2008 – Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet Live In Europe ARC
2008 - Esposito/Marx/Siegel Inyo Sunjump
2012 - Esposito/Marx/Siegel Tahrir Sunjump
2007 Lee Shaw Trio Originals Island View
2008 Lee Shaw Trio Live In Graz ARC
2008 Michael Jefry Stevens Trio One for Andrew Konnex
2009 Lee Shaw Trio Blossom ARC
2009 Steve Geraci Aliqae Song, ‘80 Sunjump
2010 John Medeski/Lee Shaw Together Again ARC
2010 Lee Shaw Trio Live at Art Gallery Reutlingen ARC
2010 Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Six Konnex
2012 Marx, Siegel and Esposito Tahrir Sunjump
2012 Pietila/Siegel Duo Out Doors TBA

JOHN ESPOSITO (discography)

"Aliqae Song", Steve Geraci, Beat City - released 2009 on Sunjump
"Arthur Rhames Trio-Live from Soundscape", Arthur Rhames, DIW
"Flying With The Comet", Second Sight, Sun Jump Records
"Tiger Tracks" (upcoming)
SunJump Records
"Minor Mutiny" (composition only: 'The Invisible'), Ryan Kisor, Columbia Records
"In The House of My Fathers"
Franklin Kiermyer w/John Stubblefield, Dave Douglas & Anthony Cox, Konnex
"Solomon’s Daughter", Franklin Kiermyer w/Pharoah Sanders,Drew Gress, Evidence
"Kairos", Franklin Kiermyer w/Sam Rivers, Eric Person, and Michael Stuart,Evidence
"Earthship", Sangeeta Michael Berardi, Sunjump - released 2008
"More Tales To Tell
Soulnote", Eric Person
"Book Of Five Rings", John Esposito, Sunjump - released 2008
"Sanctification", Franklin Kiermyer w/Michael Stuart
"Great Unknown",(composition only: 'Yellow'), Jeff Marx, Naugual
"Extra Pressure", Eric Person, Distinction
"Down Blue Marlin Road", John Esposito,SunJump - released 2006
"The Blue People", John Esposito, SunJump - released 2006
"Live at Big Sur", Eric Person,
"Treading Air, Breathing Fire", Jeff Marx, Soluna
"Total Immersion", Rick Altman, Silver Star Music Group
"Reflections", Eric Person,
"Dreamstuff" (composition only - 'Blues for John Stubblefield', 'Little Elliot', 'Tumble', 'Interiors', Ayler Records
"Erratica", Mitch Kessler,
Sunjump - released 2009
"INYO", Marx/Siegel/Esposito, Sunjump - released 2009
"Bloom Of Creation", Jayna Nelson, Sunjump - released 2010




Jeff Marx Bio:
David Franklin observes in the Jazz Times, “Marx can improvise extraordinary post-Coltrane hard bop/modal choruses, but often chooses to break out of the mold and open up his solos with techniques appropriated from the world of free jazz, including a flexible sense of time.”
Born and raised in Detroit, tenor saxophonist Jeff Marx began playing the tenor in 1973. He lists his early influences as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson.
In the '70's Marx moved to Berkeley California to study with Hal Stein. He played sessions and gigs in Oakland and San Francisco with Eddie Henderson and Mark Levine among others.
Marx subsequently resided for 14 years in New York City for where he played with Reggie Workman, Steve Slagle, Kevin McNeil, Donald Byrd, Ed Schuler, Jim Pepper, Gene Jackson, Ira Coleman, Santi DeBriano and Dave Stryker among others.
For five years, he played in and composed for Second Sight with John Esposito, Jeff Siegel and Dave Douglas, recording two CDs, Flying With The Comet and Tiger Tracks, both on Sunjump Records. He appeared at various colleges, NYC clubs, the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival and live on Columbia University’s WKCR. He played in the Cascais Portugal Jazz Fest and throughout Europe as a soloist. He was chosen to play for the National Public Radio memorial program for his colleague Jim Pepper.
Moving to Chicago in 1993 Chicago, Marx continued to work in New York while establishing himself on the Midwest Jazz scene, appearing in Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Little Rock, Milwaukee and Ann Arbor playing clubs, concert venues and festivals including Ravinia, and the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival in 2002 and 2003. He worked with Fred Anderson, Harrison Bankhead, Reuben Hoch's Chassidic Jazz Project, and Elbio Barilari, and performed at Chicago venues including, Millenium Park, the Velvet Lounge, Pete Miller’s, the Green Mill and at
Satalla, NYC. In 1999 Jeff recorded on Reaching For A Star by Don Bennett, which featured Malachi Thompson, Jesse Davis, and Harrison Bankhead.
In 2000 he organized a band with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Jeff Siegel for his first outing as a leader, Great Unknown on his own Naugual label.
He recorded his second CD as a leader Treading Air Breathing Fire (2003 Soluna Records)with John Esposito, piano, Ira Coleman, bass and Peter O’Brien, drums and featured several
Marx compositions. Allaboutjazz reviewer Celeste Sunderland wrote that Treading Air Breathing Fire “….ponders metaphysical relations on an immense scale....while Marx wildly churns out vibrantly diverse streams of notes.”
In 2006 Jeff recorded a duo CD with drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel entitled Dreamstuff followed by a 2008 tour of Germany and the Czech Republic with Siegel and bassist Jaromir Honzak. Stuart Kremsky in Cadence described Marx’s playing as “.....varying his sound from rich and burred in the lower registers to shrill but controlled in the upper range, all the while having a vigorous give and take with Siegel....clearly enunciating (his) immersion in the Jazz tradition and (his) commitment to move the music forward.”
Marx returned to Chicago in November 2008 to perform the music of Kahil Elzabar and Elbio Barilari at the Morse Theater on Presidential Inauguration evening, with an all star group of Chicago's best musicians.
A continuation of his work with drummer Jeff Siegel with the addition of pianist John Esposito resulted in the release of Inyo (2009 Sunjump) a CD that “......could best be described as unquiet meditations or chaotic lyricism.... a true moment of musical Zen created by three masterful musicians......saxophonist Jeff Marx takes some bold flights on the saxophone, ” wrote Jakob Baekgaard in


Drummer/Composer Jeff “Siege” Siegel is a veteran of the New York Jazz Scene and has worked with a virtual “who’s who” of artists. Jeff's New York City career began as a sideman in the quartet of multi-instrumentalist Arthur Rhames from 1980-1983. After leading his own group in the interim, The Brooklyn Jazz Quartet, he joined the group "Second Sight" featuring John Esposito and Dave Douglas from 1986-1992. He also began a 20 year partnership with Michael Jefry Stevens and Tim Ferguson in the group Stevens, Siegel and Ferguson. Other groups he co-led included The New York Trio Project (with Adam Rafferty) and Czech/US Out featuring Czech bassist Jaromir Honzak. A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from1994-‘99, Siegel’s diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record with legends such as Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Shiela Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison, Lee Shaw and many more. He has also performed and/or recorded with the younger generation of musicians such as Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Stefon Harris, K