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Lay Down My Heart: Blues And Ballads Volume 1

Joe Locke Audio CD
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Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. He has performed and recorded with a diverse range of notable musicians, including Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter and The Beastie Boys.

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  • Audio CD (10 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motema
  • ASIN: B00C0YN1YQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ain't No Sunshine 5:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Broken Toy 6:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bittersweet 5:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Can't Make You Love Me 6:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Meaning of the Blues 5:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Simone 6:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. This New October 8:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Makin' Whoopee 6:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dedicated to You 5:310.89  Buy MP3 

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Following his two highly acclaimed albums for Motema, 'Signing' and 'Wish Upon a Star', vibraphonist extraordinaire Joe Locke releases his most personable and accessible quartet recording to date. 'Lay Down My Heart' consists of gorgeous renditions of blues and ballads from Bill Withers to Bonnie Raitt and features David Finck on bass and Jaimeo Brown on drums.

Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument, long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range. He had already played with Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams and Mongo Santamaria before he was out of high school. His more than 30 CDs as a soloist have established him as the exhilarating composer and band leader that he is considered today. Locke consistently ranks at the top of all critics and readers polls and was presented with three Jazz Journalists Association's Mallet Player of the Year awards.

Personnel: Joe Locke (vibes), Ryan Cohan (piano), David Finck (bass), Jaimeo Brown (drums)


'The nine tracks of this set are perfect Locke material - ballads and blues which invite the tender approach, but which, with his superb quartet, he gently expands into clouds of ever-changing harmony.' -- The Observer, (Gave Gelly) * * * *

'Subtitled Blues & Ballads Volume 1 but that belies the funky swinging feel of some of the more memorable tracks by his quartet - notably the groovy opener Ain't No Sunshine and the wonderfully catchy Bittersweet, one of numerous tunes that showcases the rapport between Locke and his dynamic pianist Ryan Cohan.' -- Scotland On Sunday, (Alison Kerr) * * * *

'Joe Locke has a personal voice, fluency to spare and a sound that shimmers with the metallic soul of Milt Jackson...he really is a very good player, and doesn't put a note out of place on the entire set.'

--Jazzwise, (Mike Hobart), August 2013

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as he tells it! 24 Jun 2013
By Dr.D.Treharne VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In the sleeve notes for the album Locke says "There is no highbrow concept here, just some songs pulled from a deep well which will hopefully serve to feed the soul". That's exactly what it does, but with all the tunes there are arrangements that drag them beyond what might be expected from just 'covers' to something rather special. What I like about Locke's style is that he's no flashy mallet- wielder, but a considered player who is happy to allow the other three members of the group space to spread out. Of particular note is the contribution of Ryan Cohan on piano who weaves around Locke's moods. David Fick the bass player is also allowed lots of dynamic space and Jaimed Brown on drums holds it all together, albeit unobtrusively. Favourite tracks are the opener "Ain't no sunshine" (yes, the Bill Withers tune),"The meaning of the blues" and a wonderfully original reading of "Making whoopee". It's encouraging that in a growing field of vibraphone players Joe Locke is able to create his own style, never reliant on a particular role model. The afterthought to the album title" Volume 1" suggests that there's much more to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect kick-back music 10 July 2013
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As a composer and leading vibes player, Joe Locke has always shown great sensitivity and intuition for engaging an audience and tapping into their mood and groove. "Lay Down My Heart - Blues & Ballads Vol 1" is another example of this rare talent. His gorgeous renditions of Blues & Ballads informed - if not all "in form" - from Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine" to his version of the Bonnie Raitt tune "I Can't Make You Love Me", all tick the classic 'feel good' box and let you wind down in the same way as a malt whiskey could at the end of a long working day.

Joe's versatility has found another high, and the fact that this CD has just topped the US JazzWeek radio charts is hardly surprising.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Locke "Lite" 9 Aug 2013
By S. Mar - Published on
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I have listened intently to Joe Locke's vibe artistry, since the '90's, when he was still recording with the Steeplechase label, which BTW are some of the better more thoughtful offerings in his discography. I much prefer his harder edge playing, particularly on "Live in Seattle" and "Signing", which are more post-bop efforts with Geoff Keezer on keyboards. His coupling with Kenny Barron ("But Beautiful") and Frank Kimbrough ("The Willow") are much more interesting and challenging, and should be listened to first for the uninitiated. There is no doubt that Locke gets great tone from his vibe playing, and that's why he still gets 4 stars from me (There really should be a 1/2 star increment!), but the only piece on this recording that is close to a "main course" is "Simone". Truly, I think that Locke is trying to hit the "Middle-of-the-Road" (MOR), which he accomplished. However, I hope that this is only a slight detour, and he can get back to promoting and playing 21st Century Bop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Consummate pro 25 Nov 2013
By DirtDog - Published on
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My wife and I recently got exposed to Joe Locke at the Cape May jazz festival. A consummate pro. Lay Down My Heart is fine music and I'm not naturally drawn to the vibraphone. The covers of "Ain't No Sunshine", "Makin' Whoopee" and "I Can't Make You Love Me" are splendid. The original stuff is nice too. Soulful, mellow sound. Worth checking out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice! 26 July 2013
By Microbes - Published on
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I have enjoyed this CD; I don't think I have any other CDs with the vibraphone as the principle instrument. There was one particular song that I really liked, but overall, I like the whole CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pianist is one hell of a groovy guy 11 Nov 2013
By Axel H. Baumgarten - Published on
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The way he strikes the chords and accompanies Joe but also solos is something else!!
Very beautiful on the all time hit "Aint No Sunshine"
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