Down Beat (6/96, p.45) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...Eddie Gomez...has a powerful presence....Locke's playing...is suffused with passion without being cloying, and he has a wonderful way of weaving a riff against the song's harmonic overtones..."
Personnel: Joe Locke (vibraphone); Billy Childs (piano); Eddie Gomez (bass); Gene Jackson (drums).
Recorded at RPM Studio, New York on November 20-21, 1994.
All songs written or co-written by Henry Mancini.
Tributee: Henry Mancini.
Personnel: Joe Locke (vibraphone); Billy Childs (piano); Gene Jackson (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mike Krowiak.
Liner Note Author: Zan Stewart.
Recording information: RPM Sound Studios, New York, NY (11/20/1994/11/21/1994); RPM Studio, New York, NY (11/20/1994/11/21/1994).
Photographer: John Abbott .
Arrangers: Joe Locke; Billy Childs.
Vibraphonist Joe Locke offers a fresh look at works by Henry Mancini on this release, as he leads a powerhouse quartet that includes pianist Billy Childs, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Gene Jackson. His dramatic and spacious treatment of one of Mancini's most beloved works, "Moon River," gives the oft-recorded song a very new sound, while another frequently played number, "Days of Wine and Roses," begins with a dreamy introduction before progressing into a head-shaking hard bop arrangement. "Charade" is another well-loved movie theme that gets a thorough revamping; in Billy Childs' chart the piano alternates between a swirling line that contrasts with the leader as he plays its theme with a straight-ahead bop segment. But the group is not content just to stick to Mancini's best-known songs; "Loss of Love" is a straight-ahead ballad nailed on the first take, while "Whistling Away the Dark" showcases Eddie Gomez's lovely arco bass. When one combines great compositions and inventive, talented musicians such as the member of the Joe Locke Quartet, the results have to be highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden
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