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Joe Locke: Love is a Pendulum

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. … Read More “Joe Locke: Love is a Pendulum”

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Joe Locke: Lay Down My Heart

The first album here is a quartet date with modest aspirations. In his liner notes, Joe Locke says it “is meant to provide respite for folks who work hard every day and need an opportunity to slow down…” The second album, with a 65-piece symphony orchestra based in Lincoln, Neb., is ambitious by definition. It … Read More “Joe Locke: Lay Down My Heart”

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Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group: Signing

The special hook-up between vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Geoffrey Keezer is based on shared assets like chops, listening skills and a gift for communicating the joy of making music. Signing is the second record by a quartet including bassist Mike Pope and drummer Terreon Gully. There is an eternal paradigm for bands with this … Read More “Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group: Signing”

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Joe Locke: For the Love of You

Vibraphonist Joe Locke has done many intriguing and robust mainstream jazz dates during his career, discs with plenty of swinging, decisive solos, intense pieces and inventive, intricate arrangements. But his latest release, For the Love of You, hearkens back to a mid-’90s date Locke released, Moment to Moment, where he paid tribute to the music … Read More “Joe Locke: For the Love of You”

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