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Mike Mainieri is certainly up there with the greats like Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton and Cal Tjader, to name a few. This album attests to that implicitly. The piano accented "Sara's Touch" moves your soul softly, the ethereal "L'Image" is reminiscent of the peacefulness of the early morning and "Pep's" is flat out sensuous. Bamboo is a bit brash with heavy overtones, but it's a killer piece. "Flying Colours" is heart a pumping tune and the sax adds, rather than detracts from this one. "Bullet Train" reminds me of Donald Fagen and Steely Dan's intricate music. As to "Wanderlust" and "Crossed Wires" there is no way I can pick a favorite, but these two are worth the price of the CD alone. The undefinable quality of these pieces (don't think for a second that the tiny sound clips you hear on this site give the the whole picture) cause me to stop, listen and be mesmerized. Yeah, the old "What CDs would you want with you on a deserted island?" is kind of kitch, but this CD would go with me...guaranteed.
Those who like jazz with a more contemporary feel, but from instrumentalists who are every bit as much of jazz virtuosos as the old masters of the mid 20th century, I think are liable to find Mainieri's music to their liking.
I have only listened to the album once so far. Wanderlust, the last song, is an absolutely gorgeous solo piece by Mainieri on the vibes.
I didn't even realize when I bought this CD that Michael Brecker is on it as well. And Don Grolnick on piano and Peter Erskine on drums. I believe those folks were on much if not all of the Steps/Ahead albums. They are fine jazz musicians.
Since I struck gold with my first album (this one) by Mainieri, I think I will continue to dip into this well.
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A great CD from 1981 that features premiere vibraphone arrangements in jazz combo style. The CD is mixed well as if you are in a small auditorium Mike Maineri was the best... Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Gary Abshire
Mike Mainieri is certainly up there with the greats like Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton and Cal Tjader, to name a few. This album attests to that implicitly. Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by Patricia Hennessy