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  • Audio CD (19 Aug. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • ASIN: B00DK56F5G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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'Wolfgang' is the remarkable sophomore album, on Mack Avenue Records from vibraphonist Warren Wolf. It features two different three-man rhythm sections (pianist Benny Green, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash; and pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Kris Funn and drummer Billy Williams, Jr.), as well as two noteworthy duo pieces with pianist/label-mate Aaron Diehl.

Comprising nine tunes (six of which are originals), 'Wolfgang' shows Wolf taking a different, more laid-back approach than his volcanic debut album on Mack Avenue. "The last record was a means of introducing myself as a leader," says the 33-year-old from Baltimore. "This time I set out to showcase my writing skills with compositions that have melodies people can remember."

Wolf, a multi-instrumentalist who has also honed his chops on drums and piano since the age of three, is following in the footsteps of vibes masters Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris by becoming a member of the SFJazz Collective (both of whom precede him in the vibes chair). Musicians that Warren has played or recorded with include Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ron Carter, Karriem Riggins, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spaulding and many others.

Personnel: Warren Wolf (vibes), Benny Green, Aaron Goldberg, Aaron Diehl (piano), Christian McBride, Kris Funn (bass), Lewis Nash, Billy Williams, Jr. (drums), Darryl Tookes (vocals - 8)

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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Road With Wolfgang 31 Aug. 2013
By F. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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I decided to crack open Warren Wolf's latest CD "Wolfgang" on a recent road trip to DC, cruising down I-95, sunroof open, hot summer breeze blending with the AC during a typical August orange-tinged summer sunset in our nation's capital. Wolf's latest release proved to be the absolute perfect companion to a stress-free commute. (The music quickly transported me to another time and another place. And if I was speeding, the state troopers must have cut me a break out of respect for the excellent mood I was in.) From the light and lyrical simplicity of the opening bars of "Sunrise" to the driving bluesy base-filled beats of "Frankie and Johnny", this album kicked back and flowed flawlessly. This is by far the most wide-ranging genre-bending effort by vibraphonist Warren Wolf to date. Every piece is carefully chosen. The original compositions by Wolf, including my favorites "Grand Central" and "Annoyance," provide an ever-growing body of evidence of the masterful range and technical brilliance of a young musician whose name seems destined to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the greatest jazz vibraphonists of all time. The classical marimba riffs on "Variations of Le Carnival de Venise" pay appropriate homage to Wolf's classical training without seeming the least bit out of place in the midst of this classic jazz-centered album. The smooth vocal / vibe transitions of "Setembro" roundly add more polish to this thoroughly enjoyable musical excursion. All-in-all, great music, intelligent composition, superior performances. My advice? Take Wolfgang out for a spin. You won't be disappointed! Wolfgang
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4.0 out of 5 stars Here's what the New York Times had to say... 28 Aug. 2013
By mark in ann arbor - Published on Amazon.com
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The vibraphonist Warren Wolf has both feet planted on a bedrock of midcentury modern jazz, meaning its postwar peak of popular refinement. And however you feel about young musicians reaching for an older sound, it's heartening to know that an album like "Wolfgang" -- his second Mack Avenue release, due out on Tuesday -- can still be made with such stalwart conviction. Hard-swinging and articulate, it spotlights Mr. Wolf's firecracker assurance, but with a better sense of lyricism than on his previous, self-titled album, from 2011. He alternates between two great rhythm sections, the more seasoned of which has his mentor Christian McBride on bass, Benny Green on piano and Lewis Nash on drums. (If you know those players, you'll recognize their stamp on a mid-tempo shuffle version of "Frankie and Johnny.")

Mr. Wolf also pares down to a duo with the impeccable young pianist Aaron Diehl on "Wolfgang," an original whose title bears significance beyond the nomenclature pun; and "Le Carnaval de Venise," inspired by some canonical cornet variations by Jean-Baptiste Arban. Those respectful nods to classical music seem carefully considered, as does the deadpan title of a sturdy hard-boppish tune elsewhere on the menu: "Things Were Done Yesterday."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new guy in tune 27 Sept. 2013
By Michael Scullin - Published on Amazon.com
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I first heard him with Christian McBride's quintet and he really knocked me out. For a sample you might try YouTube which has a fair number a tunes and some which are recorded at about the same time he made this disc. A commanding musician with roots in Milt Jackson, but he is definitely his own brand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Vibraphone? Get This 23 Sept. 2013
By Robert Elwin Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been listening to all kinds of music my whole life, starting at age 12, now 63. I fell in love with vibraphone when I started hearing it as a background instrument, especially in Motown music like the Supremes. It has been used by so many rock artists, but as a forefront instrument, the leaders are know which I traced back & own, all with their styles & playing 2-4 mallet style. Cal Tjader, Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, Bobby Hutcherson & so many more. Here we have an upcoming player, yet he already has several CDs out, 1 very hard & pricey. There are a bunch nice songs, ballads, higher energy. I liked the whole cd, but notable are "Grand Central", "Lake Nerraw Flow & "Sunrise" You can hear samples to check out this great player. thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 16 Jan. 2014
By kreplach7 - Published on Amazon.com
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Even better than his debut CD. These guys kick butt! Track one starts off slowly, but don't be fooled. By mid-song Aaron Goldberg is in the midst of an impressive piano solo, and by songs end, Billy Williams Jr.'s drumming really
makes the listener sit up and take notice. Track two, the standard Frankie & Johnnie has a nice piano part from Bennie Green, as well as a few short solos from Christian McBride on bass. Lots of fun. And it keeps going from there...recommended.
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