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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 the quintet's creative voice, in up-tempo fashion. Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and saxophonist Mark Turner make the most of their opportunities to stretch out freely, and both add a flavor that's near and dear to the leader's leading edge goal. Lupri has included slow, mournful ballads, such as "After Hours," as well as several blazing fast burners.
This is the third release from Lupri, a Canadian-based percussionist, and 1994 graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Knowing that there's much more to come from this young lion is firm reassurance for the coming decades.
Track Listing: 1. Same Time Twice 2. Song of Change 3. Jade 4. You Just Never Know
5. Saucey 6. Wish Song (prelude) 7. The Wish Song 8. Cathy's Tune 9. After
Hours 10. Release 11. After Hours (reprise)
Personnel: Matthias Lupri: vibraphone - Mark Turner: tenor & soprano saxophones -
Kurt Rosenwinkel: acoustic & electric guitars - Reuben Rogers: acoustic bass - Gregory Hutchinson: drums
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open