Vibraphonist Joe Locke has been on an upward trajectory since the beginning of his career, but especially over the last decade, where he's led/co-led a number of fine groups ranging from the intimate chamber jazz of his duo with pianist Frank Kimbrough
and straight-ahead swing of his Milt Jackson
tribute band to the electrified near-fusion of the Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer
Locke returns to another area close to his heart--vocal music--with For the Love of You (E1, 2010). Featuring Keezer, bassist George Mraz
, drummer Clarence Penn
and west coast singer Kenny Washington - Vocals
, For the Love of You
runs the gamut from swinging to soulful, with material by Henry Mancini, Ennio Morricone, Neil Young and The Isley Brothers, in addition to Locke originals including a new vocal version of his balladic Verrazano Moon."
Veteran AAJ Contributor R.J. DeLuke spoke with Locke recently, learning how a near-miss with the glockenspiel led to his picking up the vibes at an early age. DeLuke also, of course, talks with Locke about For the Love of You and more, in his insightful interview, Joe Locke: Versatile Vibes Master, published today at AAJ.
To celebrate the recent release of For the Love of You, AAJ is providing even more coverage:
- Read AAJ Managing Editor John Kelman has to say about For the Love of You in his in-depth Extended Analysis;
- Download Verazzano Moon," a full track from For the Love of You, today's AAJ Daily Download;
- Watch Joe Locke and his quintet, featuring vocalist Kenny Washington, perform Verrazano Moon," recorded live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York City on January 31, 2010, today's AAJ Video of the Day;
- Check out some great photos of Locke, as part of AAJ's new Feature Photos, which you'll find below the fold on every page at AAJ
AAJ is committed to providing the most extensive coverage surrounding new releases anywhere, so be sure to check out all the buzz surrounding Joe Locke and For the Love of You at AAJ today!