December 16, 2008 - 10:30pm
Smalls Jazz Club
183 West 10th Street
New York, NY
Chris - Cheek - saxes
Henry Hey - piano
Matt Pavolka - bass
Ferenc Nemeth - drums
Tom Beckham has a refreshing approach to the vibraphone. He plays it with a gentle ear for harmony and development, with ideas that are wrapped in crystalline notes." -- Jerry D'Souza, AllAboutJazz.com
Rebound is an all around first-rate recording where Tom Beckham continues his musical journey reaching new heights." --Ed Blanco,
Beckham's work has a sound all its own -- which is what jazz is really about."-- Nick Dedina, Rhapsody.com
It's hard not to be at ease when someone is playing the vibraphone. That soft watery sound soothes away any tension you may be feeling, and adds a little more maturity to the atmosphere. The Tom Beckham quartet is a classy bunch of musicians with an understanding of real jazz. Beckham's vibe playing is like tiny rain drops rippling on a still pond. On stage, this band achieves a perfect balance. It's clear through their playing that they have a deep understanding of Beckham's music." --Ptah Gabrie, phillyphrequency.com
Beckham’s been developing a solid body of work. His vibrant playing made 2006’s Center Songs a delightful and surprising listen, and his impressive chops make his new disc, Rebound, similarly satisfying. Blending a keen melodic sense with dynamic playing, he wields a mean mallet and coaxes a wide range of feeling and texture from his instrument. You may think the vibraphone, by its very nature, is capable of exuding little more than a sense of mellowed calm, but Beckham hammers away at that perception on spirited tunes such as “Carnival” and “Grillin’.” Tom Beckham -- John Lewis, Baltimore Magazine
Brooklyn-based vibraphonist Tom Beckham is a lyrical player with a flair for writing distinctive, memorable tunes.--Scott Albin, jazz.com
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