Vibes

 
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The vibraphone has become the most versatile of all the mallet percussion instruments. It is used extensively in Jazz and Popular music. Because of its smooth transparent sound it can be blended with any instrument, so it can be used in many different ensembles.

Jazz has, of course, been the primary home for the vibes, and many virtuoso players have established their reputations in this musical arena. Chronologically, a list of important jazz vibes players would include Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Cal Tjader, Gary Burton, and Mike Mainieri. There are many lesser known players who have made records and contributed to the development of the vibes. David Friedman, Joe Locke, Dave Samuels, Steve Nelson, and Ed Saindon would all be on this list.

James Taylor Trio-Then

I formed this group in 1980 and it was an instant hit. It allowed us to play jazz and explore some great jazz compositions and the booking agents just loved it. Myself on vibes joined by San Sieckman on guitar and Marc Cousins on bass.

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James Taylor Trio-Now

Fast forward to 2009. I decided to reform the group after a 25 year hiatus and the guitarist, Dan Sieckman had relocated to Arizona. So, once again, Myself on vibes, Dan Sieckman on guitar and Dennis Sexton on bass.

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Jazz Brunch featuring Piano/Vibes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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