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Tyler Blanton: Gotham

Read "Tyler Blanton: Gotham" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Tyler Blanton is a young vibraphonist and composer whose second album, Gotham, is nothing short of remarkable. The great playing by Blanton and his extraordinarily talented young band aside, Blanton's compositions are really what sets Gotham apart from the vast majority of new recordings by equally wonderful young jazz musicians. One can only guess that New York City made quite an impression on the young California native when he arrived in Brooklyn in 2007. This shock of the new was ...

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Tyler Blanton: Gotham

Read "Gotham" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York City is the Mecca for musicians, jazz and otherwise. Tributes to the metropolis meet with varying degrees of success. Guitarist/vocalist Lou Reed captured the mood and tone of the big city with his finest recorded outing, New York (Sire Records, 1989). Saxophonist Bob Belden, via his quintet called “Animation," gave the town a menacing hue on his Transparent Heart (101 Distribution, 2012). But the best of the tributes may be vibraphonist Tyler Blanton's Gotham.Blanton is a ...

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Tyler Blanton: Botanic

Read "Botanic" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Vibraphonist and composer Tyler Blanton's debut, Botanic, introduces the young musician as a lyrical and compelling player and composer. Blanton refers to himself as grounded in bebop and straight-ahead, but open to other approaches, a description that matches this eclectic collection of tunes. When Blanton solos his qualities as a player are clear, helped by the excellent production quality on the album, recorded at Brooklyn's Systems Two Studio. His playing style is melodic, bright and emotionally upbeat, ...


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