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Joe Locke: Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads Vol.1

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The successful combination of two chordal instruments--like vibes and piano--requires giant ears and mutual respect in order to avoid melodic pile-ups and harmonic collisions. On this CD, vibraphonist and composer Joe Locke and pianist Ryan Cohan provide a textbook example of how this is done. They are happily aided and abetted by bassist and co-producer David Finck and drummer Jaimeo Brown, who consistently demonstrate the same high level of musicianship. The result is a warmly recorded and completely satisfying set.The session begins with the deep, velvety, funky pulse introduced by Finck on “Ain't No Sunshine," and continues on ...

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Joe Locke: Lay Down My Heart - Blues & Ballads Vol 1

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In a rarefied space, Joe Locke continues to evolve, engage and impress. There simply isn't another vibraphonist of his generation with Locke's stellar chops, thorough understanding of history/tradition--not just of jazz, but of music, period--and ability to build programs based on thematic concepts that not only stand out in his gradually growing discography, but fit contextually within it to create an actual oeuvre, an ever- expanding body of work that represents an artist whose number one priority is always the music--always the song. In the last year, since signing with Motéma Music, Locke has released Signing (2012), the forward-looking studio ...

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Joe Locke: Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads Vol.1

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The ever versatile vibraphonist extraordinaire Joe Locke returns to his early days of music-making, where he once felt that jazz was, is and “should always be, people music." On his third recording for the Motema label, Locke presents Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads Vol. 1 designed as a vehicle for people everywhere who need a respite from the troubles of the world through a landscape of light blues and soft ballads. Joining the vibraphonist for this date is long-time collaborator and friend bassist David Finck who lends his talents in helping to anchor a brash quartet in a ...

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Joe Locke: Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads, Vol. 1

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Vibraphonist Joe Locke doesn't seem to want to put his mallets down for very long. As soon as he arrived at Motéma Music, he released the modern-leaning Signing (Motéma Music, 2012) with the Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group, and partnered up with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra for the somewhat serene Wish Upon A Star (Motéma Music, 2013). Now, less than six months after that symphony-enhanced songbook hit shelves, he delivers Lay Down My Heart, a collection of blues and ballads. The idea of such an expansive musical personality boxing himself into such narrow territory may make this project seem ...

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The Joe Locke Quartet with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra: Wish Upon a Star

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When Joe Locke signed with Motéma Records in 2012, the vibraphonist was finally allowed an opportunity to more freely explore a broader range of interests, bolstered by the comfort of his affiliation with a label known for its strong artist support. His first release for the label, Signing (2012), was the long overdue follow-up to The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group's tremendous debut, Live in Seattle (Origin, 2006), and despite being unjustly overlooked in some quarters was, without a doubt, one of the year's best records--a potent combination of collective telepathy, finessed fire, contemporary grooves and elegant lyricism. With ...

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The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, Half Moon Bay, CA, July 8, 2012

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Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer GroupDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CaliforniaJuly 8, 2012Vibraphonist Joe Locke and keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer have both played the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society at the Douglas Beach House before Sunday July 8th, 2012, but with this appearance of the Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, the pair brought a fresh power to the venue, the likes of which may not be topped by any gathering of musicians in the near future. Along with Joe Locke on the vibes, Geoffrey Keezer on the Steinway Grand Piano and his Yamaha Motif XS8 ...

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Joe Locke: Chemistry and Camaraderie

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Even within a musical genre noted for its artists' restless creativity and ability to meld and merge with other styles, vibraphonist Joe Locke stands out as exceptional for his unceasing musical curiosity and sweeping vision. Since his arrival on the New York jazz scene nearly 30 years ago, Locke has amassed a performance résumé that includes work with artists ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to Gunther Schuller to Cecil Taylor, a catalogue of nearly 30 albums as a bandleader, and a place as one of the most influential vibraphonists in jazz history.A highly skilled collaborator whose musical voice melds ...

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Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Signing

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Signing is only the second release from the co-led Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, but both men have traveled plenty of musical miles together, both on record and on stage. They've worked in trio with reed man Tim Garland under the Storms/Nocturnes moniker, produced compelling music for the Japanese marketplace using the New Sound Quartet name and filled venues across the globe to capacity when they take the bandstand together. While six years separate their debut--Live In Seattle (Origin, 2006)--and this follow-up, they've maintained their musical connection in the interim and their bond has only deepened with time.

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Geoffrey Keezer and Joe Locke Duo: Half Moon Bay, CA, March 13, 2011

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Geoffrey Keezer/Joe Locke Duo Douglas Beach House Half Moon Bay, CA March 13, 2011 There are wonderful, well-produced, rehearsed bands that play the Douglas Beach House (aka Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society), but on occasion, within those gems, a high-caret diamond arrives and astonishes the audience. That's what came down when pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vibraphonist Joe Locke teamed up and landed at the Douglas Beach House on March 13, 2011. The audience was more than fortunate that the duo was able to come together, performing a stellar concert, one of the most memorable in ...

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Joe Locke: For the Love of You

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Over the past decade Joe Locke has become one of the most heralded vibraphonists on the jazz scene. For this CD, Locke is joined by pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist George Mraz, drummer Clarence Penn and vocalist Kenny Washington, who is featured generously throughout. Locke heard Washington performing at Half Moon Bay in California and invited him to join his band for a set at Dizzy's Club in 2007, an event that has since taken place annually. Washington is a soulful yet subtle tenor who doesn't get carried away with showing off, instead focusing on embellishing great lyrics ...

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Joe Locke: Versatile Vibes Master

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Jazz has a history of inclusiveness, accepting the influences of music from around the globe. It also knows no boundaries when it comes to instrumentation, accommodating all kinds of axes if they are played in the spirit of jazz. Rufus Harley even brought the unlikely bagpipes into the lexicon, playing the sound of surprise on the cumbersome instrument.

Is it broad enough to welcome its first virtuoso glockenspielist... glockenspieler? ... glockenspielarian? Alas, the world may never know. Nearly four decades ago the glockenspiel was proposed to a budding musician in western New York State--a suggestion ...

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Joe Locke: For the Love of You

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There's a world of a difference between being a masterful instrumental accompanist and collaborating with a singer. Beyond the prerequisite set of ears and in-the-moment intuition, a deeper appreciation of the meaning of the lyrics--in order to truly find a song's core--becomes even more essential than in instrumental readings. Vibraphonist Joe Locke has, more than most, a profound ability to get to the heart of a song--in particular, songs beyond the typical jazz purview--whether it's in an instrumental setting or with a ...

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Joe Locke at Dizzy's in NYC, January 26, 2010

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Joe Locke Dizzy's Club New York, New York January 26, 2010

Columbus Circle and Central Park South were the backdrop for Joe Locke and his band (Geoffrey Keezer: piano; George Mraz: bass; Clarence Penn: drums; Kenny Washington, vocals) as they began their six-day residence at Dizzy's Club in New York City, coming not long after the release of the vibraphonist's For The Love Of You (Koch, 2009).

After a brief introduction, the band kicked off with “That Old Devil Moon," beginning with Washington's straightforward vocals. Locke followed with an accomplished note-filled solo that ...

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Joe Locke: For the Love of You

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Honoring various composers, vibraphonist Joe Locke has led his group for three years in an annual gig at Dizzy's Coca Cola Club in New York. Recently Locke decided to record the output with the happy result being For The Love Of You.

Four top-flight musicians are gathered for this gig--pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Clarence Penn. Joining the four, little-known vocalist Kenny Washington (not to be confused with the renowned drummer of the same name) is the real star here.

How they all got together is an interesting story. Locke met Washington singing in a small venue ...



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