Sun. Oct 25th, 2020

I knew Dani Rabin was a world-class guitarist before I downloaded this album. Hell, it’s a major reason I bought it from Marbin’s BandCamp. What I didn’t know is that even world class guitarists have emotions just like the rest of us.

I thought I was in for a slog, some research, maybe a little background on some theory. I abandoned all of that early on and just listened for about 10 hours. Dani is a teacher. I wanted to learn something from him, not from the internet. What I learned, I think, is that Dani’s particular style of virtuosity is accessible to just about anyone. No degree required here, I enjoyed every second of it. How can you not get right into it with the opening track, “For Soraya?”

I’ve met Dani and talked to him. I’ve even interviewed him. He has a lot to say. He’s witty, charming, observant, and polite. He’s just the kind of company you want for wine or coffee because he knows how to talk. But now, as if by some miracle, his ability to play the guitar has surpassed that of speech to convey simple, pure emotions. This is beyond practicing, hard work, and talent. This is a man who has utilized all of that to convey tears, smiles, rainy-days, popcorn on the boardwalk, perfume, or whatever the guitar wheedles from your memory, all in about 2 minute bursts.

I thought I was in for a slog, some research, maybe a little background on some theory. I abandoned all of that early on and just listened for about 10 hours. Dani is a teacher. I wanted to learn something from him, not from the internet.

Because there are no words to this album, I have found it great music to work to. I even bought it for my father because he works in an office. There are processes at work here. Dani is making our mind synapse and bridge connections like a Mozart, or a Beethoven, or a Django Reinhardt. I’m listening to “The Dark Green Hill,” as I type this. So should you:

I’m reluctant to use language like “masterpiece.” Having said that, and being a Marbin fan, I do think this is one of the more accessible Marbin pieces. There’s nothing blocking your access to Dani. You can even hear him breathing. He is literally telling you how to feel with a guitar here because he wants to. And that, my friends, is how the masters play. -K

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