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Modern Vibe

Arthur Lipner

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Album Review

You've got to both admire and feel somewhat sorry for this extremely melodic and jazz/worldbeat-conscious vibes artist, who dares to make a smooth jazz-friendly record on an instrument that never hits the format's narrow radar. Spyro Gyra's Dave Samuels-driven tunes may have been a possibility years ago, but these days, it's all sax, guitar, and keys (and a few trumpets). That said, hopefully Lipner's very melodic writing and creative performing style (evident on chipper pieces like "Street Vibe" and "Treasure Chest") will find an outlet among fans willing to take chances on this kind of indie. Another unique element here is Lipner's affinity for Brazilian music, which is played straightforwardly on the rolling samba grooves of Djavan's "Flor de Lis" and, more unexpectedly, the oft-covered (but never like this) "Let's Stay Together." His bluesy twist via organist Nick Bariluk on another well-done cover, "Ain't No Sunshine," is another asset.

Customer Reviews

real nice stuff

a quick google search shows that Lipner is known around the world as one of the top keyboard percussionists. this cd shows why. i listen to all kinds of music, and have always been intrigued by watching mallet players do their thang. it's been a long time since i've heard an album like this which presents vibes and marimba together in such an accessible way while still having great melodies not being dummied down to the smooth jazz level. his writing and arranging is real nice, and his soloing smokes. other great players include drummers joel rosenblatt and tommy igoe, bass players david finck and tom barney (from steely dan) and several brazilian musicians including guitarist nelson faria. overall this cd has great energy and some very new stuff so I highly recommend it.

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