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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 a day or two. 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 include tributes to Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, and NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson. Freeman's recordings have received national and international attention and extensive radio airplay, charting on jazz, contemporary jazz, and World Music radio. A 2019 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant recipient Freeman produced the two concert series “Latin Music In Hell’s Kitchen, A History” with guest legends Ray Mantilla and Jose Mangual Jr

The Vibesman

Label: VOF Recordings
Released: 2012
Track listing: Jigsaw Puzzle; Drifting; Lucky 7; So Long, Just Walking By; Vibe Descarga; Blue; Too Groovy; MongoMarley; Sahara Sunrise; Trolley Car; Vibe Descarga y Voz.

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 REVIEW

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 ...


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