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As befits a former drummer, Lupri is also an unselfish team player, sliding easily into a backup role and allowing tenor saxophonist Verbole to take the lead on most selections. Feuser and de Krom, meanwhile, do little more than lay the taut carpet on which Verbole and Lupri embark upon their leisurely promenades. Both Lupri and Verbole are technically sound, but neither says anything that one hasn't heard many times before. It's extremely difficult for a vibraphonist to sound unlike others, and there are flashes of Burton, Hamp, Bags, Tjader, McFarland and so on in Lupri's wide-ranging lexicon. Verbole's warm, inviting sound is a strong point, and his solos are well-formed, but no more so than many another mainstream tenor.
A promising debut for Lupri, but no more than that.
Track Listing: Children; Freefall; Abstraction; Pictures; The Fruitlady; Just Say Anything; Names; Interspectives; Cementrical Jive (49:58).
Personnel: Matthias Lupri, vibraphone; Timo Verbole, tenor saxophone; Florian Feuser, acoustic bass; Sebastiaan de Krom, drums.
Record Label: ChartMaker Records