Good Vibes

Featuring Chick Corea . Gary Burton . Vibraphone . Marimba Lady . Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov . Flight of The Bumble Bee . Funky Mozart . St Petersburg . Nagoya Marimbas . Steve Reich . Trio Montuno . Gallope . Reg Kehoe . Marimba . Bisontes . Concerto for Marimba and String . Eric Ewazen

S p a c e A g e P o p M u s i c : Julius Wechter’s Baja Marimba Band was, in his own words, “… like the Tijuana Brass’ bad little brothers. Herb [Alpert] and his group would dress in tuxedos and put on a tight, professional presentation. And we’d flop on stage in big sombreros and old clothes with big pasted-on mustaches, smoking cigars and drinking beer.”

Gone : Yet, because the meat of his career was spent recording for a European label at a time when jazz music was losing steam in mainstream America, Dave Pike has been among the countless musicians to have taken his place amongst the more obscure and only recently sought after jazz musicians of the mid-Twentieth Century.

Bruce Duffie : ‘Donald Martino’s music lost none of its complexity but it became more straightforward — a little like the man himself,” said Rose. ”He took no prisoners when he was dealing with music, but he became more and more congenial in human relations as he aged. He always knew exactly what he wanted.”

AfroCubanLatinJazz : Papá Roncón is a great story-teller and passes on the history of his people. He is proud of the culture, tradition and folklore of the black people, but he also is worried. ”Our history, our music and our dances are being lost, and nobody cares”, he says.

Freedomblues : Sweet,sweet Tanzanian sounds from a (distant!) past,fifties to early sixties,when the jazz bands were ruling in Dar es Salaam,and the story of a boy of Arab descent, in love with Cuban music,named Salum Abdallah who became Tanzania’s first music star,despite his father’s objectionsCuban music(the famous GV recordings by the Sexteto Habanero or Trio Matamoros)was Salum Abdallah’s first inspiration in his native small town of Morogoro,but he was also among the forerunners of a genuine Tanzanian band sound.

Scott Mortensen : While recording his first album with Jackie McLean, Blue Note chief Alfred Lion offered Hutcherson a recording contract. (Hutcherson’s relationship with Blue Note would last longer than any other artist’s except Horace Silver‘s, ending only with the demise of the label in 1977.)

allmusic : A fine bop-oriented vibraphonist, Joe Roland was best-known in jazz during the 1950’s. He started off as a clarinetist and studied at the Institute of Musical Art in New York during 1937-39.

Jazz Professional : Red Norvo says : “When the trio came back from Hawaii, I remembered a bass player who had subbed for me un in San Francisco when I was working a tour with Billie Holiday. I tried to find him. and couldn’t locate him. Eventually I found him. He was carrying mail in Los Angeles. So that’s how Mingus joined me—after I convinced him to give up the mail route. That was really when it started to go”.

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