May 1997

Cecilia Smith
High Standards
Brownstone Records

Vibraphonist Cecilia Smith is an accomplished young player with an appealingly lyrical mainstream approach. Here, teamed with pianist Frank Wilkins, bassist Steve Kirby and drummer Ron Savage, Smith celebrates her instrument's lineage. Among the salutes are "Bag's Groove" (for Milt Jackson), "Highway One" (for Bobby Hutcherson) and "Falling Grace" (for Gary Burton). Especially attractive is Smith's use of space. She lets her lines breathe. Her group is likewise impressive as are the spirited cameos by saxophonists Billy Pierce and Javon Jackson.

Originally published in May 1997
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