Matthias Lupri Quartet

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Vibeist Lupri is inspired on this set of nine of his original works by the street scenes and playground view outside his Boston apartment. The music is a democratic modern mainstream jazz, with shared melodic and balanced rhythmic responsibility from Lupri, tenor saxophonist Timo Verbole, bassist Florian Feuser, and drummer Sebastiaan deKrom. In many instances the vibist is not as busy as the rhythm section, and Verbole adopts a Stan Getz style that's breezy, bluesy, and open. Though all are quite pleasant, there's little to distinguish each track; they sound samey save rhythmic variations. The best swing of "Just Say Anything" is easy, steady, and with many blues connotations. "Cementrical Jive" sporting neo-bop to frantic samba changes is a bit more animated, with good solos from Lupri and Verbole. Many times a unison vibes-tenor melody crops up as on "Interspectives" (based on the multitude of inner thoughts from people, with deKrom's drumming forceful and at times outrageous) or the shared sonorities of the loping, quickened waltz "Pictures." "Freefall" is out-and-out bop with simple melodic lines, and "The Fruit Lady" is more intricate with a modern jazz foundation revealing a slight bossa flavor with a twist. The ballad "Names" is quite mysterious in its execution, while "Children" bears intrigue -- a 6/8 figure with pleasant pastoral inferences, Verbole's nonchalant tenor, and Lupri searching for the answer as to why kids have a pronounced spontaneous side to their quirky, unpredictable personalities when at play, much like jazz musicians. In developmental stages and looking for collective and individual voices of their own, Lupri and friends are at the very least consistent, perhaps a bit bland, but this is a start, and it's a good one.

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