Locke, Joe

Motéma, 2015CD
Instrument: Vibes

Issue: 21.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
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O’s Notes: Vibraphonist Joe Locke presents a wide variation of styles in this jazz-fusion set. The core of his band is Robert Rodriguez (p), Terreon Gully (d) and Ricardo Rodriguez (b) with a wealth of special guests. Saxophonist Rosario Giuliani adds melodies across the syncopated rhythm section. The highlight of the set is a 5-piece suite based on a poem by Barbara Sfraga. It includes “Love Is A Planchette” that resonates with the sounds of a church and gives us a taste of free jazz on “Love Is A Perpetual Motion”. We also enjoyed the mellow reconciliation “For Jesse Mountain” and the racy “Last Ditch Wisdom”. Love Is A Pendulum is indeed a roller coaster and worth the ride.


Publicist: Red Cat Publicity