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A Portrait of Warren Wolf

Anytime, anywhere, the vibraphonist delivers striking chops and soulful musicality

Wolf performs with Christian McBride's Inside Straight at Birdland in 2012
Wolf and the SFJAZZ Collective at the organization's posh San Francisco facility
Warren Wolf

It’s an early Friday evening in May in Washington, D.C., and Warren Wolf is already on a tear.

He and his quartet, the Wolfpack, first work out “On Green Dolphin Street.” Wolf rains light-speed melody all over his vibraphone, tinting it with short Monk-like phrases, and swings the hell out of it in the process. He’s a strapping, muscular man-a gym addict-and he stands over the vibes in the same squared-off stance that Milt Jackson did. It makes him look like he’s preparing to wrestle an alligator.

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