Vibist Warren Wolf brings a very smooth and tasteful production to us with this release titled 𝘙𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, a melodic blend of energy and cool.

Clearly demonstrating his mastery of the vibes, Wolf links mellow tracks with tracks that display bite. It all has presence and sophistication, often punctuated by a very active bass line, sassy drums, and a touch of fusion and traditional jazz (a great example of this is a tune called “Vahybing”). Simply put, it works. It 𝘢𝘭𝘭 works.

This is an album offering much by way of eclecticism. There’s jazz, fusion, and soul all competing for your attention in classy fashion. I wouldn’t call this an album that gets your dancing fever started. Instead, it’s one that calls for your appreciation of jazz and its related brethren. You are compelled to just sit back and enjoy an artful hybrid that does a good job of pulling together the ingredients that make a solid album solid.

The cover of the Isley Brothers’ “For the Love of You” is performed in one of the jazziest, coolest fashions I’ve heard to date. The song features the impressive vocals of Imani-Grace Cooper, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and a surprise ending that spotlights some thunderous and busy drumming from Carroll “CV” Dashiell III.

𝘙𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 is chock full of smooth, soulful, and jazzy compositions that should truly capture your imagination and respect for the intangibles in jazz and jazz blends.

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