Mark Sherman: Trust
Mark Sherman (vibes)
Live at The Bird's Eye (Miles High Records MHR-8606)
Mark Sherman (vibes),
Allen Farnham (piano), Dean Johnson (bass), Tim Horner (drums).
Composed by Mark Sherman.
Recorded: live at The Bird's Eye Jazz Club, Basel, Switzerland, February 22-23, 2008
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
On his 2008 European tour, vibraphonist Mark Sherman captured some rare moments with his quartet playing in a groove that often only comes during live performances. In this case the setting was The Bird's Eye jazz club in Basel, Switzerland, before a receptive and enthusiastic crowd. Having played together for the past four years, Sherman's group has annealed into a formidably potent vehicle for straight-ahead jazz, with vibes and piano being the focal points. Sherman is a facile player who can play both expressively in the Gary Burton mode as well as cook with the best of them. He and pianist Farnham take turns making points on this moody, bluesy piece, ably backed by the intuitive rhythm section. Sherman's tubular timbre is smoky and warm as he plays with the tune's time. Farnham adds some brilliant keyboard touches, his style romantic with just the right hint of melancholy. It's good to hear talented musicians performing enjoyable music to an appreciative audience.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello