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Genres: Jazz, Pop
Vibe features a new generation of young players whose performances, though grounded in the jazz tradition, bring their individual voices to the project. Vibe is about energy, reflection, and ...chemistry! The vision on Vi... more »
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Vibe features a new generation of young players whose performances, though grounded in the jazz tradition, bring their individual voices to the project. Vibe is about energy, reflection, and ...chemistry! The vision on Vibe was to capture the feeling, spirit and "vibe" embodied in the historic recording of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue.
More magic from Manieri
Jan P. Dennis | Monument, CO USA | 10/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although perhaps just barely falling short of the greatness of the Brecker/Grolnick lineup, this edition of Steps Ahead has its own pleasures, and is a lot friendlier and more listenable, at least to these ears. The players here (Mike Cain, piano; Rachael Z, piano, synths; Adam Holzman, keys and drum programming; Donny McCaslin, tenor and soprano sax; Victor Bailey, electric bass; James Genus, double bass; Reggie Washington, double bass; and Clarence Penn, drums) are all top drawer, and most have gone on to produce a fine body of work as leaders, notably Donny McCaslin and Rachael Z.
McCaslin, especially, has become one of my favorite players, and here he finds himself in a setting that admirably showcases his estimable post-Coltrane approach and general soulfulness. One of the things I really like about this disc is that although it was recorded in the mid-nineties, it still sounds fresh a decade later. Another thing I love is the way the group establishes and sustains a very attractive soul-jazz vibe with enough rigor to prevent it from slipping into jazz-lite.
Nothing revolutionary happening here; just very fine and finely wrought top caliber jazz. Entirely worth acquiring."
stengel99 | Bakersfield, CA USA | 02/25/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fine recording, but will probably disappoint fans of the Michael Brecker/Mike Stern/Don Grolnick era. It's good to see Mike Manieri is continuing the Steps Ahead tradition, but the recent recordings have lacked the creativity and the, well, "stepping ahead" elements of the earlier years."
S. Guernsey | North Yarmouth, ME USA | 04/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Mainieri has done it again! In this latest confluence called Steps Ahead Mike has crafted a work of art that melds beautiful composition with virtuosic talent; great grooves and magical group chemistry. It's not like any of the other Steps offerings (all brilliant, in my book) - it's comtemporary/modern in it's grooves yet maintains a hard-bop straight ahead feel to it. The whole thing gels together in a way not heard since the phenominal US debut release. Highly recommended!"