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Force of Four

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Like Joe; Ruminations; Ricky's Tune; No Moe; Available in Blue; Alpha Punk; Laura; Blue November.

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Joe Locke: Force of Four

Read "Force of Four" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Joe Locke has emerged as one of the dominant jazz vibraphonists in recent years, releasing several outstanding CDs with various musical partners. Force of Four is no exception, a tight post-bop session with a new quartet: pianist Robert Rodriguez, bassist Ricardo Rodriguez and drummer Johnathan Blake. The pianist contributed “Like Joe," a tribute ...

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Joe Locke: Force of Four

Read "Force of Four" reviewed by John Kelman

Joe Locke couldn't have picked a better name for Force of Four. While not as overtly plugged in as the potent, near fusion-esque Live in Seattle (Origin, 2006) with his Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group, it's an equally electrifying date that revisits the same format--vibes, piano, bass and drums--but with an all-new line-up. It's taken ...

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Joe Locke: Force of Four

Read "Force of Four" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Certain sounds are so easy to love: the blurry whine of a muted trumpet, the beefy growl of a robust tenor saxophone, the rich, frictional cry of the cello, and the buoyant, sustained ring of a mallet hitting a key on a vibraphone.Vibraphonist Joe Locke's profile seems to have risen on a sharp angle ...


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