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VINE VOICEon 24 June 2013
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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