Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

415

The Joe Locke Quartet: Sticks and Strings

By

Sign in to view read count
The vibraphone has never been an easy sell for a leading musician. Compared to piano or brass—whose attention is all but assured, it has usually remained somewhat overshadowed. Joe Locke, one of the premier vibraphonists on the scene today, has changed course on Sticks and Strings, recorded for the Palermo, Italy label, Jazz Eyes. Locke is very popular in Italy; performing there often it appears he's found a second home. Having forged his own identity in the post bop/Bobby Hutcherson, progressive/Mike Mainieri realm, this outing puts him on a collision course with Bill Frisell's country-esque Americana.

Locke receives impressive help from guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg—who released the interesting The South of Everywhere (Mel Bay, 2007)—whose Scofield-influenced snaking unison comping and dexterous fretwork mark the disc from the get-go. Able rhythm support is provided by bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Joe La Barbera, but the main attraction is the interaction and interplay between Locke and Kreisberg.



Nowhere is this more evident than on "Terzani, where Kreisberg's multiphonic runs and harmonic overlays with Locke's playing push the pace, and on the fleet, rapid-fire "The Rosario Material, named for Italian altoist Rosario Giuliani.



Locke moves into Americana territory on "A Word Before You Go, with it's lilting country twang. Reflective and relaxed versions of Cole Porter's "All Of You and Julius Styne's "I Fall In Love Too Easily give nod to the standards songbook. Appointment in Orvieto, one of Locke's favorite Italian haunts, flows from the outset, with Kreisberg's graceful fretwork and Locke's melodic swinging.

The proceedings conclude full circle with "Sixth Sense, where relaxed electric strumming mingles with meandering sinuous vibes. The entire CD has a very nocturnal feel, interjected with moments of cool and understated burning, although a slight homogeneity pervades. Based on his playing here, Kreisberg should garner some well-deserved acclaim.

Those new to Locke's music will probably like this outing, but may want to begin elsewhere in his discography. For those already familiar with this longstanding mallet talent, this new direction could be an eye- and ear-opener.

Track Listing: Time Like The Present; The Rosario Material; Sword Of Whispers; Terzani; All Of You; A Word Before You Go; Appointment In Orvieto; I Fall In Love Too Easily; Sixth Sense.

Personnel: Joe Locke: vibes; Jonathan Kreisberg: electric and acoustic guitars; Jay Anderson: bass; Joe La Barbera: drums.

Title: Sticks and Strings | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Music Eyes

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Red Cloud

Red Cloud

Joe Locke
Subtle Disguise

Broken Toy

Broken Toy

Joe Locke
Lay Down Your Heart - Blues &...

Available in Blue

Available in Blue

Joe Locke
WIsh Upon a Star

The Lost Lenore

The Lost Lenore

Joe Locke
Signing

Her Sanctuary

Her Sanctuary

Joe Locke
VIA

Verrazano Moon

Verrazano Moon

Joe Locke
For the Love of You

Alpha Punk

Alpha Punk

Joe Locke
Force of Four

Sword of Whispers

Sword of Whispers

Joe Locke
Sticks and Strings

Van Gogh By Numbers

Van Gogh By Numbers

Joe Locke
Live In Seattle

Big Town

Big Town

Joe Locke
Rev-elation

Radio
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Extended Analysis
Album Reviews
Extended Analysis
Album Reviews
Extended Analysis
Interviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Extended Analysis
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Multiple Reviews
Read more articles
Subtle Disguise

Subtle Disguise

Origin Records
2018

buy
Love Is A Pendulum

Love Is A Pendulum

Motéma Music
2015

buy
Wish Upon a Star

Wish Upon a Star

Motéma Music
2013

buy
Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads Vol.1

Lay Down My Heart:...

Motéma Music
2013

buy
Signing

Signing

Motéma Music
2012

buy
VIA

VIA

Origin Records
2011

buy

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Jun14Fri
Joe Locke Trio
Jazz at Kitano
New York, NY
$32
Jun14Fri
Joe Locke Trio
Jazz at Kitano
New York, NY
$32
Jun15Sat
Joe Locke Trio
Jazz at Kitano
New York, NY
$32
Jun15Sat
Joe Locke Trio
Jazz at Kitano
New York, NY
$32
Jul14Sun
Joe Locke Quartet
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society at the Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, CA
$45
Jul25Thu
Pat Bianchi Quartet
Jazz Showcase
Chicago, IL
Jul26Fri
Pat Bianchi Quartet
Jazz Showcase
Chicago, IL

Related Articles

Read Higher Album Reviews
Higher
By Tyran Grillo
May 26, 2019
Read The Unlonely Raindancer Album Reviews
The Unlonely Raindancer
By Matt Parker
May 26, 2019
Read Pyramid Scheme Album Reviews
Pyramid Scheme
By Mark Sullivan
May 26, 2019
Read Mosaismic Album Reviews
Mosaismic
By Mike Jurkovic
May 26, 2019
Read Caldera / Sky Islands Album Reviews
Caldera / Sky Islands
By Jakob Baekgaard
May 25, 2019
Read Baby, Please Come Home Album Reviews
Baby, Please Come Home
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019
Read Reckless Heart Album Reviews
Reckless Heart
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019