Matthias Lupri Group: Same Time Twice (2002)
Lupri demonstrates spider-like dexterity while toggling between a dry, rhythmic sound amid ringing overtones and a shrewd sense of the dynamic. On the opener, "Same Time Twice," he lays down a multifarious samba groove in concert with Rosenwinkel's expressive mid-toned electric lines and Hutchinson's crushing rhythmic forays. The soloists often partake in cheery unison choruses to coincide with a few heated swing vamps. Regardless of tempo, the musicians consistently maintain a groove. The piece titled "Release," is constructed upon Roger's pronounced ostinato, as the ensemble raises the bar thanks to the bassist's blazingly fast walking lines and Lupri's fluent runs. In addition, Rosenwinkel and Turner spin their now familiar magic during several passages. Hence, the quartet's synergy rings loud and clear. Chalk this one up as a top contender for 2002! Feverishly recommended...
Track Listing: 1. Same Time Twice 2. Song of Change 3. Jade 4. You Just Never Know 5. Saucey 6. Wish Song (prelude) 7. The Wish Song 8. Cathy's Tune 9. After Hours 10. Release 11. After Hours (reprise)
Personnel: Matthias Lupri: vibraphone - Mark Turner: tenor & soprano saxophones - Kurt Rosenwinkel: acoustic & electric guitars - Reuben Rogers: acoustic bass - Gregory Hutchinson: drums