Title - 'Vibrasonic'
Artist - Vibes Alive
On their third album, Vibrasonic the duo behind Vibes Alive, vibraphonist Dirk Richter and guitarist Randall Crissman, invoke a sonic storm of contemporary jazz alchemy with hints of funk, soul and intrigue that drive their fresh and energetic tracks.
The new album also features Grammy Award winning key-boardist Jeff Lorber (who has joined Richter and Crissman for all three Vibes Alive album), legendary drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and Jimmy Johnson on bass and Luis Conte on percussion.
1. 'Sweet Vibes'
6. 'Going Home'
8. 'Rainy Day'
10. 'Guitar Noir'
On this absolutely superbly-crafted record, one just so beautifully shaped by Dirk and Randall's uniquely layered compositions and visionary blend of vibes and guitar, right from the lush, free flowing opening track 'Sweet Vibes' you know you're in for a right royal musical treat.
The compelling ride of the title track is then backed by the brilliant electric fretwork of Crissman coming to the fore on 'Windchime,' which in turn is followed by the magnetic melodies within the beautifully haunting 'Earthtones.'
Crissman uses a nylon string guitar to pour sensitive hues into the next track, the conscious 'Waterfall,' which is followed by the responsive orchestrations of 'Going Home.'
The imaginatively engaging discourse on 'Daydream' makes for a track that might well end up being one of your go-to's when you are choosing a track at random to permeate your day, with 'Rainy Day' setting a definitive, and contemplative tone thereafter.
This quite magnificent album, one reminiscent of Spyro Gyra in their early smooth jazz days, then rounds out with Lorber’s summoned organ squall that powers 'Spy' along, with the recording coming to a close on the hypnotic elegance of 'Guitar Noir.'
“Vibes Alive is a creative endeavor based on the friendship that I’ve had with Randall since we met when we were in college," Dirk Richter explains. "Randall and I always got off on the way the Hammond organ, pianos and guitars sounded."
"Then getting into mallet percussions, specifically the vibraphone, because of the frequencies that are created – the overtones – the possibilities for harmonic enhancement, that kind of takes you to the next level."
"We wanted the music to be alive, to be spontaneous and creative and we want that creativity to lean into the idea of a good universe, of love for the planet and of love for your neighbor."
"Vibes Alive is that connection between what you love and what you feel most in love with and how to be creative in the midst,” adds Richter about the duo’s inception and purpose.
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