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Jason Marsalis – Vibes the Marsalis Way!!

Jason Marsalis :Vibraphone Born: March 4, 1977

So a while back I came across the album In a World of Mallets by Jason Marsalis. I listened to the album because the lead instrument was a vibraphone and not because of the name Marsalis. In fact I didn’t even make the connection until today, when I was reading about Jason, who is celebrating birthday thirty-ninth (39) Soon, ,when I read that Jason was in fact the youngest of the famous Marsalis family led by father Ellis and includes brothers Wynton, Bradford and Delfeayo! I felt a little better when I read at All About Jazz that…..

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Cal Tjader – Latin Vibes from California!

Cal Tjader – Vibraphone – (July 16, 1925 – May 5, 1982)

Cal Tjader was born on July 16th in 1925 in Saint Louis, Missouri and that fact surprises me! See I thought that Tjader was Latin! I discovered Tjader’s music, because he plays vibraphone and Gary Burton’s album For Hamp. Bags, Red and Cal, led me to it! As “I listened to his Latin influenced music I just assumed that he was Latin. But in fact he is the son of touring Swedish American vaudevillians! His father tap danced and his mother played piano, a husband-wife team going from city to city with their troupe to earn a living.His father taught him to tap dance. He performed around the Bay Area as “Tjader Junior,” a tap-dancing wunderkind. He performed a brief non-speaking role dancing alongside Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the film The White of the Dark Cloud of Joy!

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Interplay – Kenny Barron and Mark Sherman

InterplayKenny Barron and Mark Sherman  is Awesome*****

Last year pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland released the terrific album The Art of Conversation. In 2015 Kenny Barron returns to the duet setting, that he has visited nine times through the years. This time Kenny has teamed up with vibraphonist Mark Sherman. The album is titled Interplay and their interplay results in another terrific album and one the I know will be in my music rotation for a long while!! What can I say I love vibes and piano, well, when it’s Kenny Barron’s fingers tickling those ivories there’s not many who are better!!

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Julius Wechter – Baja Marimba Band

Julius Wechter (May 10, 1935 – February 1, 1999)
Primary Instrument: marimba, vibraphone Band: Baja Marimba Band

How about a little musical analogy ——

The Rolling Stones are to The Beatles as

______________ are to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass!

If you said The Baja Marimba Band!! You would be correct and probably old!! On this date in 1935 the leader of the Band  Julius Wechter was born!! To explain the analogy The Beatles we re the clean-cut good  guys and the Stones the bad boys. And Jules says this about the Baja Marimba Band’s relationship to Herb and the Brass! They were….

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Cannonball Adderley – Things Are Getting Better

Things Are Getting Better is the 11th album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, and his second release on the Riverside label. The album was released in 1959, when I was 8, so that explains how I missed it on the first go around… Anyway, I had Things Are Getting Better on in the background this morning as I was working on this blog, so I haven’t really listen that closely to the album. But from what I heard and am listening to now, this one’s a keeper. I first chose Things Are Getting Better because of Milt Jackson‘s presence on the album, but then I saw the other players, i.e Wynton Kelly and Art Blakey and then I knew this was the first album to listen to from Cannonball……

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Today in Music – August 6, 1957 – Harmonica and Vibes Virtuoso Hendrick Meurkens was born!!

Live at Bird's EyeOn this day, August  6, 1957  vibraphonist and chromatic harmonica virtuoso Hedrick Meurkens was born to Dutch parents in Hamburg, Germany. Meurkens was listed on today’s birthday list at All About Jazz as a harmonica player . When I went to Spotify to listen to his music, I started with his new release Junity, which opens with a nice rendition of The Beatles “Blackbird”. I listened to a few more tracks and then went to the next album his 2011 release Live at Bird’s Eye. As I listened to the album, I thought. boy, he sure is nice to give that vibes player so much time! Well, I thought he is pretty damn good! After I listened a little more and really liked the album, I went to Hendrick’s website, where I read that…….

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Mike Mainieri – Jazz Vibraphonist

Mike Mainieri – Vibraphone  – Born July 4, 1938

One of my methods of exploring jazz is via the list of birthdays at All About Jazz. I usually am on the lookout for musicians I am not familiar with, additionally I am partial to foreign sounding names or instruments that I love. Today’s artist is Mike Mainieri. I am not familiar  Mike’s music and  in addition he plays an instrument I love the vibraphone!  Mike Mainieri was born in the Bronx, New York on the 4th of July in 1938. So he’s been around for a while, which I guess makes it more unusual that I don’t know his name!

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2014 Vibes from Bobby Hutcherson – Enjoy the View and there’s Hammond B3, too!!

Enjoy the ViewOne of the albums that has been in m music rotation since its release on last Tuesday is Enjoy the View, the latest release from the great Bobby Hutcherson. The release of the album marks Hutcherson’s return to the Blue Note Records label where he started his career in the 1960s. The album was produced by Blue Note President Don Was and is part of the 75th year celebrations of Blue Note Records.

Hutcherson’s comparades on the album include  saxophonist D avid Sanborn, drummer Billy Hart and on Hammond B3 organ Joey DeFrancesco! Damn I know when I listened to the album  for the first time, that the organ was really good!! And so was Hutcherson, as the band wound it ways through seven orginal compositions. I know that as I listened this morning to the album that I checked to see what the name of the songs were when “Little Flower” and “Montara” came on, which is usually an indication that they will be favorite tracks – but I really think that they all will be – So Check it out!

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Dave Pike – Vibraphonist – Born March 23, 1938!! –

Let’s Listen to “Mather” to Celebrate Dave Pike’s Birthday!!

On this date in 1938 jazz vibraphonist Dave Pike was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is best known for his association with Herbie Mann in the early 1960s. I discovered his music within the last few years and several of his albums are included in my music library.  I always wondered why I never really heard of this guy. The reason is that most of his American recordings were made in the 1960s and 70s and he went to Europe in the late 1960′ Here’s what I read at All About Jazz……

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Jason Marsalis – Vibes the Marsalis Way!!

Instrument:Vibraphone Born: March 4, 1977

Jason MarsalisSo a while back I came across the album In a World of Mallets by Jason Marsalis. I listened to the album because the lead instrument was a vibraphone and not because of the name Marsalis. In fact I didn’t even make the connection until today, when I was reading about Jason, who is celebrating birthday thirty-seven (37) Soon when I read that Jason was in fact the youngest of the famous Marsalis family led by father Ellis and includes brothers Wynton, Bradford and Delfeayo! I felt a little better when I read at All About Jazz that…..

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