Tuesday, June 28, 2016

USA Warren Wolf - "Convergence" - Available Now on Mack Avenue Records

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Available Now on Mack Avenue Records:
Vibraphonist Warren Wolf Leads All-Star Band
on Upcoming Release Convergence

Album Produced by Label-Mate Christian McBride and
Features Jeff "Tain" Watts, Brad Mehldau, and John Scofield 

"...a rising star on vibes who plays with the luminous
resonance and dramatic passion of the late mallet master,
Milt Jackson..." -- WNPR "Jazz Corridor"

"A driving, expressive young vibraphonist...
Now's the time to listen closely." -- The New York Times

For a follow-up to his superb sophomore release Wolfgang, rising star vibraphonist/composer Warren Wolf finds himself alongside some of the biggest names in modern jazz for Convergence, his stellar third outing on Mack Avenue Records. Along with bassist Christian McBride, the all-world rhythm section is rounded out by master drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts and esteemed pianist Brad Mehldau. Renowned guitarist John Scofield is a featured soloist on two tracks.

After having the vibraphonist in his acclaimed Inside Straight quintet since 2007, longtime label-mate and mentor McBride produced the album and brought the band together to see how far Wolf could go. "It was a particular pleasure to bring Warren together with John Scofield and Brad Mehldau--two musicians he'd never worked with before," explains McBride. "Warren's A-level musicianship clearly moves him into an echelon that musicians like Sco and Brad represent. I think the results were inspirational for all of the musicians involved."

Together, they spur each other on to some dazzling heights on six Wolf originals and five well-chosen covers, running the gamut from funky soul-jazz to post-bop burners, intimate ballads and even a touch of classical. Convergence features some of Wolf's most accomplished writing and dynamic playing to date, and his all-star sidemen rise to the occasion with some heat of their own from track to track. "What we wanted to do on this record is mix it up and not just have the whole band on every single track," he explains-the album features everything from solo to quintet recordings, utilizing various configurations of this stellar lineup.

Since graduating from Berklee, Wolf has taken the jazz world by storm, first as a sideman in Christian McBride's Inside Straight quintet, then with his self-titled Mack Avenue debut in 2011 and Wolfgang in 2013. Now the vibraphonist-composer and multi-instrumentalist takes things up another notch on his excellent all-star outing, Convergence.

Warren Wolf · Convergence
Mack Avenue Records · Release Date: June 10, 2016

For more information on Warren Wolf, please visit: WarrenWolfMusic.com
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DL Media · 610-667-0501
Maureen McFadden ·  maureen@dlmediamusic.com

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