Blink – 4.6.14 – James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy

JAZZ ORBITS

Blink

Jeff Berman – vibraphone
Ben Opie* – saxophones
Jeff Grubbs – bass
Dave Throckmorton – drums

* = Ben Opie filled in for Erik Lawrence on sax

The vibraphone is one of my favorite instruments used in jazz.  It’s percussive and melodic at the same time and the vibrato is incredible. Several of my favorite Blue Note records from the 60’s feature vibist Bobby Hutcherson and one of my favorite musicians doing it right now is Jason Adasiewicz out of Chicago.  Unfortunately, the vibraphone has a few things going against it like its bulky size and lack of availability (I dare you to find one on the sales floor of a Guitar Center or any local music store).  Therefore, it’s not an instrument you encounter very often at weekly jazz sessions.

Having never seen this particular quartet, called Blink, I made it a point to free up…

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