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Mike Freeman

Musician - composer - band leader - recording artist - arranger - educator - producer Vibraphonist and composer Mike Freeman has been a part of the New York jazz and Latin music scene for over three decades. Dan McClaneghan of Allaboutjazz described him as “masterful” and ranked among other top names of the instrument. With spirited soulful swing, Freeman’s performances have taken him from North America and Europe to the Azores, Caribbean, and South America. His recordings of original music have gained national and international attention with extensive radio airplay charting on jazz, contemporary jazz, and World Music radio

Venetian Blinds

Label: VOF Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: Trk1 House Of Vibes; Trk2 Mister Snacky; Trk3 Bobby Land; Trk4 Those Venetian Blinds; Trk5 Clutch The Hutch; Trk6 Mambo Kings; Trk7 What's Up With This Moon; Trk8 Night Crawlers; Trk9 Fancy Free; Trk10 Qué Tal Tío (What's Up Uncle).

Blue Tjade

Label: VOF Recordings
Released: 2016
Track listing: Trk 1 Cascade; Trk 2 Cool My Curry Down; Trk 3 Blue Tjade; Trk 4 Dance of the Dead; Trk 5 Pendulum; Trk 6 Snow Flake; Trk 7 Clockworks; Trk 8 Making Conversation; Trk 9 Agua Y Piedra; Trk 10 Low Rider

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

So many reviews this year, in so many genres, that I've split them into two categories--"Jazz" and “Latin, World & Experimental"--in response to the feeling that I was trying to compare apples to oranges. They're presented in more or less chronological order, and the guiding principle was whether I had a clear memory of the recording ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira

Read "Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A wide variety of recent Latin jazz releases. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and flamenco influences are all represented. Mike Freeman ZonaVibe Blue Tjade VOF Recordings 2015 Vibraphonist Mike Freeman leads his ZonaVibe group through an exciting program of Latin jazz originals on his sixth album as leader. The title tune ...

The Vibesman

Label: VOF Recordings
Released: 2012
Track listing: Trk 1 Jigsaw Puzzle; Trk 2 Drifting; Trk 3 Lucky 7; Trk 4 So Long Just Passing By; Trk 5 Vibe Descarga; Trk 6 Blue; Trk 7 Too Groovy; Trk 8 MongoMarley; Trk 9 Sahara Sunrise; Trk 10 Trolley Car; Trk 11 Vibe Descarga y Voz

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Freeman: The Vibesman

Read "The Vibesman" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The sound of the vibraphone glows--a ringing and sustained sonic luminescence. Current masters of the instrument include Gary Burton, Joe Locke, Bobby Hutcherson, and the perhaps lesser-known but also masterful Mike Freeman. With his percussion-soaked group Zonavibe--that includes, besides the vibes, the sounds of marimba, and kalimba, congas, bongos, campana and timbales--Freeman stirs up ...

In The Zone

Label: VOF Recordings
Released: 2007
Track listing: Trk 1 Mr. 2000; Trk 2 There Ya Go; Trk 3 Cha Cha Mama; Trk 4 Red Thunder; Trk 5 The Fallen; Trk 6 Todos Vuelven; Trk 7 Afriman; Trk 8 Horse’s Run; Trk 9 A Las Seis

Wiggle Stomp

Label: VOF Recordings
Released: 2001
Track listing: Trk 1 Wiggle Stomp-In; Trk 2 Floating; Trk 3 Last Wave; Trk 4 Dockside; Trk 5 Glow Fuel; Trk 6 Rain; Trk 7 Mint Tea; Trk 8 Omaha Freeload Trk 9 A Breeze Trk 10 Jasper Trk 11 Marble Race Trk 12 Wiggle Stomp -Out

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Freeman: Wiggle Stomp

Read "Wiggle Stomp" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Mike Freeman's second self-produced album features a program of his compositions. The underlying theme is Latin and Brazilian jazz and calypso. Freeman not only plays the vibes, but the marimba as well, the latter reserved for the calypso music. If the picture on the album is accurate, Freeman uses the four mallets getting a voicing that ...


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