Matthias Lupri Group
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Vibraphonist Matthias Lupri performs a dozen pieces on Transition Sonic that hold together well as a suite, with some of the same melodic and rhythmic ideas popping up on several selections. His sextet has its own identity, the solos are concise and meaningful, and the ensembles of the group have an appealing and distinctive sound. Lupri, who is influenced by Gary Burton, sometimes utilizes electronics in spots (which gives some of the music an atmospheric and eerie feel) although this is essentially a modern post-bop set with touches of fusion. Mark Turner on tenor and soprano, trumpeter Cuong Vu and guitarist Nate Radley have their moments in the spotlight, while bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Jordan Perlson keep the music from ever coasting or being overly predictable. This set grows in interest with each listen.
I just got this album yesterday and I've been listening to it non-stop. Lupri definitely does a great job on the vibes; you can hear the Gary Burton influence, but he's not just another Gary Burton; his own style is excellent. I especially like his solo on "Sonic." Cuong Vu does great on every song (by far my favorite album of any that he's played on, except maybe "The Way Up" by Pat Metheny), and you absolutely can't forget the great solos by both Mark Turner on saxes and Nate Radley on guitar. Overall an excellent CD. Highly recommended!
Years Active: '90s, '00s
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||Sonic||Transition Sonic||7:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wondering & Wandering||Metalix||7:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Time Design||Metalix||9:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||(Another) Lost Creek||Metalix||7:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Day After||Transition Sonic||6:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Glass Stairs||Metalix||7:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Iceland Dark||Transition Sonic||6:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Chime Trance||Transition Sonic||9:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Deception||Transition Sonic||8:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dream Nocturne||Metalix||8:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|