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Joe Locke: Love is a Pendulum

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Joe Locke is on the short list of important vibraphone players post-Milt Jackson. Love Is a Pendulum is his most ambitious undertaking to date. Its nine new original compositions include a suite in five movements, based on a poem by Barbara Sfraga.

The emphasis on composition and intricate, extended ensemble form is new for Locke. Also new is the diversity of colors and voices. Locke augments his working quartet (pianist Robert Rodriguez, bassist Ricky Rodriguez and drummer Terreon Gully) with guests, all strong personalities: Donny McCaslin and Rosario Giuliani (reeds); Paul Bollenback (guitar); Victor Provost (steel pan); Theo Bleckmann (voice).

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