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Introducing the Vibrations

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The Vibrations were a short-lived group led by Ken McIntyre that also included pianist Richie Harper, bassist Alonzo Gardner, drummer Andrei Strobert and Andy Vega on percussion. With trumpeter Terumasa Hino as a guest, this LP has the group's only recording, performing six McIntyre compositions. The leader is heard on one song apiece playing flute, bass clarinet, oboe and bassoon, and he uses the alto on two others. Surprisingly enough, all of the songs were written during the 1956-62 period (all but one are from the 1956-59), although most sound fairly adventurous on this interesting if not essential outing.


Born: September 7, 1931 in Boston, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A versatile player with a thoughtful style who can play quite freely, Ken McIntyre has never been a major name in jazz despite his talents. After serving in the military and graduating from the Boston Conservatory, he arrived in New York in 1960 and made a strong impression. He recorded two albums for New Jazz that year, including one on which he held his own against Eric Dolphy. McIntyre also led two now-scarce records for United Artists during 1962-1963 (including one titled Way Way Out) but became...
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