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Maurizio Giammarco and Phil Markowitz Quartet – NightBird (france) – 2001

Maurizio Giammarco (saxes) – Phil Markowitz (piano) – Piero Leveratto (bass) – Fabrizio Sferra (drums)

(from David Liebman’s inside cover notes) Phil is among the greatest musicians I have ever known on any instrument. He has a complete understanding of the tradition, instant recall of scales and voicings, composes some of the best tunes around and is a consummate group player as well as individual voice. His time is impeccable and he can read anything. They don’t come any better than Phil to hear him with one of my favourite tenor players and good friend. Maurizio Giammarco is a thrill. These are great artists beyond category.