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Album Review

This excellent set of modern jazz features originals from vibraphonist Mark Sherman and pianist Allen Farnham plus "Moon River" and "My One and Only Love." Most of the selections utilize a vibes-trumpet-piano frontline and the music is modern mainstream jazz, swinging but more advanced than hard bop. Tenor great Joe Lovano guests on three numbers and as usual makes a strong impact. Sherman is a fluent vibraphonist whose solos and ensemble work are particularly attractive. This is also an excellent showcase for the soloing of trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and pianist Allen Farnham, with bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Tim Horner keeping the momentum flowing. So overall, One Step Closer is an excellent example of modern swinging jazz circa 2005.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Not to be confused with Associated Press reporter Mark Sherman, the Mark Sherman profiled in this bio is a jazz vibist/composer with a post-bop/hard bop orientation. This Mark Sherman (who also plays acoustic piano, electric keyboards, marimba, drums, and percussion) has been greatly influenced by Bobby Hutcherson and the late Milt Jackson, and his other direct or indirect influences on the vibes have included Gary Burton and Mike Mainieri; there is also some of Cal Tjader's sophistication in Sherman's...
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