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“Two musicians with one common goal—to present the best in jazz music and do it with grace and style—an objective that both pianist Doug Bickel and bassist Dennis Marks achieve quite nicely with the driving energies, angular melodies and rhythmic propulsion provided on their self-titled debut. The Bickel/Marks Group is an eclectic quintet of superb musicians featuring luminary Dave Liebman, who contributes his renowned soprano saxophone voice as well as a takes on the tenor, to lend a lively texture to the music. Matt Vashlishan compliments Liebman's saxophone lines by adding a colorful alto saxophone. Last but not least, is drummer Marco Marcinko anchoring what saxophone great Bob Mintzer states in the liner notes is, a “strong and pliable rhythm section.” Kudos for crafting one of the elite albums of the year, let's hope their next project does not take as long for The Bickel/Marks Group definitely deserves to be heard.”