Steve Hobbs cutting edge marimba vibraphone jazz Steve Hobbs – TRIBUTE TO BOBBY: You won’t find Steve’s tribute to his pal Bobby Hutcherson up on sale sites yet… it’s not due to be released until 1 January, 2018… ergo, no samples (I’ll come back and add those links in as soon as the album goes hot on Amazon, CD Baby, etc.). I feel it’s really important that you get a “preview” of Steve’s superb work before I write about the tunes on the new album, so here’s a LIVE video of him from a couple of years back…
One of the most notable things about his new release is that most of the tracks he plays in tribute to Bobby are originals by Steve… one of the most exciting for my ears is simply titled “New Creation”, and the other players with Steve are prominently featured on this tune… his fine vibraphone work is joined by Adam Kolker-soprano and tenor saxes; Bill O’Connell-piano; Peter Washington-bass; John Riley-drums; and Carol Ingbretsen Maurice Myers and Marvin Thorne on vocals… in fact, the vocals on “The Road to Happy Destiny” are some of the most joyful jazz singing I’ve heard in many years… just stellar!
You get thirteen wonderful tunes on this fine album (a grand total of just over 1:14, time-wise), and it was easy to pick Steve’s composition, “Into the Storm”, as my personal favorite… high-energy performances from all the players, and constant movement… I just LOVED this tune! I give Steve and his fellow players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99. Get more information on the Challenge Records label page for this album. Rotcod Zzaj
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