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Mark Sherman: Family First

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Mark Sherman: Family First
The eminently swinging Family First is vibraphonist Mark Sherman's second release with this working band, the previous one being One Step Closer (CAP, 2005).

Sherman has been a stalwart of the mainstream scene for twenty years, and brings a true enthusiasm and deep love to this style of jazz. There can be no argument about the honesty of this recording. The main quartet—Sherman, Joe Magnarelli (trumpet/flugelhorn), Allen Farnham (piano) and Dean Johnson (bass)—are extremely tight, and together produce a distinctive sound where drums are not missed one bit.

The pieces, mostly originals by Sherman (some inspired by players such as John Coltrane and Pat Metheny) with some old and new standards, run the gamut of feels and emotions and make for a well-paced set. Some of the tunes venture towards the pop side of things, while others are used as vehicles for blowing over the changes.

The liner notes, written by Sherman, go into detail about the musical structure of many of the tracks. However, knowledge of music theory and terminology is not needed to enjoy the swing of the band and the crackling solos that everyone contributes. What is interesting is that if you can understand what Sherman is saying, it becomes immediately audible, which increases the listening pleasure. Sherman also waxes poetic about the sound of the vibes and the flugelhorn playing in unison, which he describes as the sound of this band, is very attractive.

Family First is an extremely solid set that is deeply felt by the players. Mainstream listeners will find much to enjoy on both the large and small scale.

Track Listing

Explorations; Fantasize; Family First; With Hope; Wapango; Lazy Autumn; Symmetrical; Punjab; We'll Be Together Again; A New Blue.

Personnel

Mark Sherman: vibraphone, percussion; Joe Magnarelli: trumpet, flugelhorn; Allen Farnham: piano; Dean Johnson: bass; Tim Horner: drums, congas (4); Chembo Corniel: congas (4, 5).

Album information

Title: Family First | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: City Hall Records

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