Steve Shapiro has been on the scene for 20 years playing vibes and marimba, composing, arranging, accumulating TV scoring credits and keeping a low profile as sideman with top names in jazz and pop. With guitarist Pat Bergeson as coproducer, Shapiro has issued his third album as leader, Low Standards (Sons of Sound). This is unpretentious, straightahead combo swing. Shapiro sculpts his solos well; his best efforts come on “Days of Wine and Roses” and Wes Montgomery’s “Four on Six.” But his frequent four-mallet comping doesn’t go unappreciated, and neither does the firm, melodic walking of bassist Doug Weiss.
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