Joe Locke "Beauty Burning" [SJL1008]
"Locke is an adventurous, sophisticated musical thinker, in whose hands the instrument is not only uniquely expressive, it is capable of all the speed and fluency of a horn or piano" - Thomas Conrad - Four and a half stars – Down Beat Magazine
Joe Locke has always been one of the busiest performers in jazz, be it touring and recording his own ensembles, or, working alongside some of the biggest names in music. Through his enormous talent he is able to bring a distinctive array of colours and ideas to every playing situation - an ability that has seen him perform in many musical formats. Rising to challenges that would daunt a lesser artist, he has recorded and toured alongside such diverse talents as Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Elvis Costello, Grover Washington Jr. and Dianne Reeves to name but a few. In contrast he has been soloist with both the Mingus Big Band and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. At Perugia in Italy recently Joe and Cecil Taylor, the grand master of the avante-garde, went head-to-head for three consecutive nights of spellbinding improvisation. He is also a much admired composer and arranger.
As the respected "Times" newspaper in England put it "Locke is destined to become the pre-eminent vibes player of our time". For many, that’s exactly what he is.