I’m happy to report that, despite what many think, jazz is indeed alive and well. Further proof of that can be found in the new, self-titled album from vibraphonist Warren Wolf (out now on Mack Avenue Records). After just one listen I knew this was a lock for my year-end best of list.
Do yourself a favor and pick up Wolf’s album today. But if you’re one of those cautious types who needs a little proof, I’ve got you covered. Follow this link to SoundCloud to hear two tracks from the album — “427 Mass Ave.” and “Señor Mouse.”
“427 Mass Ave.” puts me in mind of the Modern Jazz Quartet — and it’s no surprise that Wolf cites Milt Jackson as an influence — but there’s nothing retro or backward-looking about it. “Señor Mouse” is a Wolf solo showcase and as you might expect, it sports a slightly Latin flavor.
Of course it’s never a bad thing to have personnel like Wolf has supporting him on his album — bassist Christian McBride, pianist Peter Martin, drummer Greg Hutchinson, alto and soprano saxophonist Tim Green, and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt (on two songs).
- Warren Wolf – (Self Titled) (Mack Avenue, 2011) (jazzandblues.blogspot.com)
- Sunday Jazz: Cal Tjader, “Shoshana” (grayflannelsuit.net)
- Multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf to Release Self-titled Debut Album on Mack Avenue Records – August 16 (theurbanflux.wordpress.com)