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Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet - In a World of Mallets (2013)

8-10-2013, 09:14
Music | Jazz | FLAC / APE

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet - In a World of Mallets (2013)

Artist: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
Title Of Album: In a World of Mallets
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Basin Street / BSR 0303-2
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Post Bop
Total Time: 60:12 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 144 mb / 312 mb

Review by Matt Collar
Having made the switch to exclusively playing vibraphone with his quartet on 2009's Music Update, Jason Marsalis sticks to his guns, errr, mallets on 2013's In a World of Mallets. Besides vibes, Marsalis also plays various other instruments here including marimba, glockenspiel, tubular bells, and xylophone. Once again working with his quartet featuring pianist Austin Johnson, bassist Will Goble, and drummer Dave Potter, Marsalis delivers an exploratory yet swinging mix of chamber and post-bop jazz. As an ensemble, they seem to have a relaxed, intuitive sense for group interplay and plenty of chops to spare. Here, Marsalis leads them through a handful of his own original compositions (and some by his bandmates) that reveal his own bent toward mixing urbane classical themes, bluesy swing, and contrapuntal post-bop sections. In that sense, tracks like the epic "Blues Can Be Abstract, Too," and the jaunty "Blues for the 29%ers," bring to mind work of his brother's Wynton and Branford. This is especially true when the band moves back and forth, doubling up the time between phrases in a kind of fractured, slightly outré post-Thelonious Monk swing style. Which isn’t to say this is avant-garde music. However, there is kind of a cerebral, yet playful classical aesthetic at work on In a World of Mallets. This is perhaps best displayed on the opening and ending cuts, "Discipline Discovers a World of Mallets," and "Discipline Gets Lost in a World of Mallets," in which Marsalis layers his vibes and bells and various percussion instruments to create a kind of chamber jazz sound. Primarily, Marsalis is an immensely talented player with lively improvisation skills and a band which is more than capable of leaping into these articulate, wry, and adventurous compositions.


01 Discipline Discovers a World of Mallets
02 Blues Can be Abstract, too
03 Ballet Class
04 Characters
05 Blues for the 29 percenter's
06 My Joy
07 Ill Bill
08 Louisiana Gold
09 Big Ear's Last Ride
10 The Nice Mailman's Happy Song to Ann
11 Nenhum Talvez
12 Closing Credits
13 Whistle for Willie
14 Discipline Gets Lost in a World of Mallets



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