141

Matthias Lupri: Shadow Of The Vibe

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Matthias Lupri: Shadow Of The Vibe 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 have players like Lupri who dedicate their lives to the art and the instrument—and who through a consistent vision create a distinctive sound. On Shadow Of The Vibe, Lupri combines forces with another Bostonian, George Garzone, to remind listeners of the vibraphone's potential for lightly setting a mood or subtly prodding a group to greater dynamism and intensity.

Born in Germany and growing up in the American Midwest and the Canadian West, Lupri's dedication to a life in music led to his enrollment at Berklee to study with Gary Burton. Touring through various jazz festivals mostly in the Northeast and Canada, and opening for the likes of Tony Bennett and Cher, Lupri is taking jazz vibraphone to the masses.

Shadow Of The Vibe documents Lupri's wide-ranging imagination throughout his compositions and solo development. More than that, though, it presents his craft which uses the vibe as an outlet for deeply felt expression. Small details like his control of the sustain pedal on "Mirror" and his different means of attack depending upon a tune's atmosphere and his Burton-like minimization of vibrato reveal a high degree of professionalism. Plus, his selflessness in developing camaraderie and allowing the other three members of the quartet to shine as equals, especially on "Augies Blues," exhibits a confidence and leadership.

George Garzone in particular shines on "Shadow Of The Vibe" and shows flexibility and lyricism that may surprise listeners of his free work in The Fringe. Employing the soprano sax as often as the tenor, Garzone and Lupri share a sense of purpose in developing a tune through intertwining lines.

Matthias Lupri has created a personalized approach to his instrument and his music—one that will be recognized even more widely in the future.


Track Listing: Investion, Mirror, Fast Corners, Shadow Of The Vibe, Intrusion, Moonlamps, Beatrice, Smiles Through You, Augies Blues, New Fall, Mirror

Personnel: Matthias Lupri, vibraphone; George Garzone, saxophone; John Lockwood, bass; Sebastiaan de Krom, drums

http://www.chartmakermusic.com

| Record Label: ChartMaker Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Pathways" CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by James Nadal
Published: February 29, 2016
Read "Guitar Fantasies" CD/LP/Track Review Guitar Fantasies
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: November 2, 2016
Read "April" CD/LP/Track Review April
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 29, 2017
Read "Very Early" CD/LP/Track Review Very Early
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 23, 2016
Read "Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!" CD/LP/Track Review Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 23, 2016
Read "More Than Meets The Ear" CD/LP/Track Review More Than Meets The Ear
by Troy Collins
Published: February 25, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!