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Matthias Lupri Group: Metalix

Read "Metalix" reviewed by Jim Santella

With this program of original compositions, vibraphonist Matthias Lupri takes his modern mainstream sextet through a series of musical adventures. Along with the standard timbres of an intense unit from today's contemporary jazz scene, he also employs electronic ideas to season the session with an added flair.

(Another) Lost Creek, “Dream Nocturne, “Time Design, “Wondering & Wandering and other longer selections serve as the album's benchmarks. They're augmented by brief interlude pieces that seamlessly connect Lupri's themes. These ...

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Matthias Lupri Group: Metalix

Read "Metalix" reviewed by John Kelman

While Same Time Twice (Summit, 2002) found vibraphonist Matthias Lupri emerging as a noteworthy contemporary jazz composer, Transition Sonic (Summit, 2004) represented a significant compositional leap. Lupri fashioned a suite of pieces that, while generally unrelated thematically, ultimately created a longer, more complex narrative whose whole was greater than the sum of its parts. With Metalix Lupri continues honing that process.

This album bears some comparison to Pat Metheny Group's The Way Up (Nonesuch, 2005). Not to say ...

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Matthias Lupri: Transition Sonic

Read "Transition Sonic" reviewed by Ken Franckling

More than five years on the road as a rock, blues and country drummer gave Matthias Lupri lots of days and nights to hone his craft as a vibes player and, as Transition Sonic so splendidly shows, to develop his skills and vision as a composer. This CD, featuring a sextet, is best heard straight through in order to savor its intent and its beauty. It is a 12-part suite of related compositions. Soloing that comes straight out ...

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Matthias Lupri: Shadow of the Vibe

Read "Matthias Lupri: Shadow of the Vibe" reviewed by John Kelman

While vibraphonist Matthias Lupri is a relative newcomer to his chosen instrument, he has managed in the space of a only few short years, to emerge as an artist who is garnering increasing respect, not only as a player, but equally as a writer. With four albums under his belt, including the recently-released Transition Sonic , Lupri is amassing a remarkable amount of positive press for his work, which combines an interest in the jazz tradition with broader concerns. Truth ...

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Matthias Lupri: Transition Sonic

Read "Transition Sonic" reviewed by Jim Santella

Vibraphonist Matthias Lupri has always captured the essence of straight-ahead jazz at its best. He provides a groove over which his bands improvise in the classic tradition. Echoes of Gary Burton, Bobby Hutcherson, and Milt Jackson abound. From this modern jazz historical foundation, however, he's always felt free to explore.

With his latest release, Lupri retains the traditional bebop spirit that has given us immeasurable pleasure for more than half a century, but brings it all to us ...

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Matthias Lupri: Transition Sonic

Read "Transition Sonic" reviewed by John Kelman

Look at the credits to vibraphonist Mathias Lupri's latest disc and you'll notice that four of the six group members are credited with playing electronics along with their primary instruments. This should come as no surprise to fans of Lupri, who over the past six years and the course of three records, most notably his '02 release, Same Time Twice , has continued to hone a personal voice that is as much about ambience and atmosphere as it is about ...

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Matthias Lupri: Same Time Twice

Read "Same Time Twice" reviewed by Jim Santella

With a session of his original compositions, vibraphonist Matthias Lupri steers his quintet through modern mainstream adventures. His leading edge jazz pieces reflect a desire to harbor growth, while not losing sight of the tradition.With two mallets, Lupri enjoys the opportunity to maintain an enthusiastic rhythmic drive. When interpreting a slow ballad, such as “You Just Never Know," his overlapping harmonic clouds simply roll by lazily, leaving dense colors in their wake. Most of the album, however, features ...

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Matthias Lupri Group: Same Time Twice

Read "Same Time Twice" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Matthias Lupri seemingly found his calling in life after being indoctrinated to the music of vibraphonist Gary Burton. A graduate of Boston's renowned Berklee School of Music, Lupri's finely honed craft shines in luminescent colors with his third release as a leader. He garners consummate support from the dynamic duo of saxophonist Mark Turner and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Furthermore, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson display bounds of creativity atop a polyrhythmic attack.

Lupri demonstrates spider-like dexterity ...

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Matthias Lupri: Shadow Of The Vibe

Read "Shadow Of The Vibe" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Performing for the most part on the periphery of jazz listener consciousness in the catalytic environment of Boston and its environs, Matthias Lupri has dedicated himself to one of those instruments sometimes insultingly listed as “miscellaneous" in jazz categories. While a few acknowledged masters of the instrument have transcended such categorization--and in the process have challenged assumptions about the nature of jazz itself (I'm thinking Red Norvo and Gary Burton here)--the dismissive mindset often prevails.That's a shame. We ...

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Matthias Lupri: Shadow of the Vibe

Read "Shadow of the Vibe" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

You can add the name Matthias Lupri to the list of talented young jazz vibraphonists! On Shadow of the Vibe this former student of Gary Burton exhibits a strong compositional pen while maximizing his 4-mallet technique in articulate fashion. Here, Lupri receives the additional benefit of performing with elder statesman and critically acclaimed saxophonist/educator George Garzone, all-world bassist John Lockwood and the sure-handed and fiery drummer, Sebastian de Krom.

The first piece, “Invention" gets out of the box ...

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Matthias Lupri Quartet: Shadow of the Vibe

Read "Shadow of the Vibe" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

You can add the name Matthias Lupri to the list of talented young jazz vibraphonists! On Shadow of the Vibe this former student of Gary Burton exhibits a strong compositional pen while maximizing his 4-mallet technique in articulate fashion. Here, Lupri receives the additional benefit of performing with elder statesman and critically acclaimed saxophonist/educator George Garzone, all-world bassist John Lockwood and the sure-handed and fiery drummer, Sebastian de Krom.

The first piece, “Invention" gets out of the box ...

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Matthias Lupri: Window Up Window Down

Read "Window Up Window Down" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A melodically invigorating session consisting of nine largely easygoing compositions by the quartet's leader, German-born and American-raised vibraphonist Matthias Lupri. The album's title denotes one of Lupri's more prominent inspirations, the window in his Boston apartment through which he often gazes at the passing parade while composing. Through that window he sees “Children," “The Fruitlady," the masses whose faces he sees but whose “Names" he doesn't know, or people who will “Just Say Anything," and aspires to convert these and ...


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