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Mark Sherman : Family First

Mark Sherman

The tightly woven fabric of vibraphonist Mark Sherman’s music envelops and pulls, giving even his ballads a certain sense of propulsion. Sherman’s plump, marimba-like solo sound and shimmering vamps bounce off Joe Magnarelli’s trumpet and flugelhorn breaks, while Allen Farnham’s piano provides refined support. Although it’s hard-edged postbop burners like the conga-laced “Wapango” that really make this disc compelling, several sunny tunes, including Farnham’s “Lazy Autumn” and Sherman’s own “Symmetrical,” provide a nicely homey contrast.

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