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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: Same Time Twice; Song of Change; Jade; You Just Never Know; Saucey;
Wish Song (prelude); The Wish Song; Cathy's Tune; After Hours;
Release; After Hours (reprise).
Personnel: Matthias Lupri- vibraphone; Mark Turner- tenor saxophone, soprano
saxophone; Kurt Rosenwinkel- guitar; Reuben Rogers- bass; Gregory
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.