egroj world: Dirk Richter • Vibes Alive

martes, 29 de mayo de 2018

Dirk Richter • Vibes Alive

Review by Jonathan Widran
 Keyboardist Jeff Lorber's bluesy, retro-funk production techniques have pushed numerous genre stars -- from Eric Marienthal to the late Art Porter -- to great creative heights, and he adds a similarly soulful energy to the solid debut of vibist Dirk Richter. Named Vibes Alive, a title which captures the lighthearted, loose ensemble nature of the tunes, the album makes a great case for the mallet instrument as a viable smooth jazz vehicle. While Dave Samuels' solos with Spyro Gyra may be the only exposure genre audiences have had to the warm, tropical tones of the vibes, they have always been in counterpoint to the saxophone. Here, Richter takes charge, carrying cool melodies atop those trademark Lorber rhythms and harmonies on '70s throwbacks like the Hammond B-3 and the Wurlitzer electric piano. Richter gets the tropical thing going at times, but more impressively, he's equally proficient as a jazz soloist and in the funky urban mode. Other studio heavyweights like Luis Conte, Jimmy Johnson, and Jimmy Haslip participate, but aside from Lorber, it's co-producer and guitarist Randall Crissman whose soloing makes the most striking impression.

Track Listings
1. Smooth Move
2. So Cal
3. First Fight
4. Sticky Fingers
5. Vibes Alive
6. Sambossa
7. So Goes It
8. Smokin'
9. Fast Lane
10. On Second Thought
11. Smooth Move(Radio Edit)

Luis Conte - percussion
John "J.R." Robinson
Carlos Vega - drums
Jeff Lorber - Hammond B3 organ
Jimmy Haslip - bass
Walfredo Reyes
Larry Koonse - electric guitar
William Kennedy
Randall Crissman - guitar, acoustic guitar
Dirk Richter - vibraphone

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2 comentarios:

  1. Dirk Richter on vibes - a completely new name to me and for Wiki on their collection "Category:Jazz vibraphonists". But this is your intention to draw attention to musicans worth to listen to. And in this case too you egroj again have succeded very well, thank you!