126

Mark Sherman: Family First

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Family First, by New York-based vibraphonist and educator Mark Sherman, revolves around similar concepts that reflect his spiritual, artistic, and personal priorities to reach, touch and move people. This is his second album with a working band that has developed a distinctive sound which includes the unison playing of Sherman's vibes and Joe Magnarelli's flugelhorn.

Sherman uses the ten pieces on the recording as vehicles for studying harmonic and rhythmic possibilities, mainly within the post-bop legacy. Examples include "Explorations, (a modern interpretation of John Coltrane's "sheets of sound ), the title piece (where the lush melody provides many avenues for harmonic articulation), and the playful circle of tonalities on "Symmetrical. The only exception is "Fantasize," inspired by the cinematic lifting and sweet melodies of guitarist Pat Metheny.

Sherman leads his band beautifully through the challenging execution of Paquito D'Rivera's "Wapango, where the band and guest conga player Chembo Corniel develop intense interplay, following a fiery Afro-Cuban rhythmic structure. The cover of the complex swinging "Punjab," by saxophonist Joe Henderson, reveals yet again the rich and flowing unison vamp sound of the band (bringing an updated color to the original execution by Henderson's trumpeter Kenny Dorham and pianist McCoy Tyner). The concluding track is another bop classic, Jimmy Heath's "A New Blue, a dramatic, playful exploration and extension of the blues form, with beautiful solos by Magnarelli, Sherman and Farnham.

Family First is a beautiful demonstration of a sometimes intense, sometimes loose, but always elegant and swinging band.

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 (2,4); Joe Magnarelli: trumpet, flugelhorn; Allen Farnham: piano; Dean Johnson: bass; Tim Horner: drums, congas (4); Chembo Corniel: congas (4,5).

Title: Family First | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: City Hall Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Interviews
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles

Related Articles

Read Along for the Ride Album Reviews
Along for the Ride
By Jack Bowers
June 20, 2019
Read Ancestral Recall Album Reviews
Ancestral Recall
By Karl Ackermann
June 20, 2019
Read Eternal Youth Album Reviews
Eternal Youth
By Don Phipps
June 20, 2019
Read Curiouser and Curiouser Album Reviews
Curiouser and Curiouser
By Mike Jurkovic
June 20, 2019
Read Getz At The Gate Album Reviews
Getz At The Gate
By Chris May
June 19, 2019
Read Keep Talkin' Album Reviews
Keep Talkin'
By Dan McClenaghan
June 19, 2019
Read Night Owl Album Reviews
Night Owl
By Dan Bilawsky
June 19, 2019