This band’s repertoire is drawn from my favorite compositions by Steve Swallow, Michael Gibbs, Carla Bley and others that were originally performed by vibraphonist Gary Burton’s quartets during the 1960s and 70s, along with the music of Brazilian composer Caetano Veloso, and modern jazz composers such as Pat Metheny, Kenny Wheeler, Jim Hall, Joe Farrell. The common denominator between these compositions is that, to my ears, their melodies lend themselves to the sound of the vibraphone more so than any other instrument.
The first two videos feature the original vibraphonist in this group, Nick Mancini, who has since moved to Los Angeles, and following three my current vibraphonist, Behn Gillece. Full disclosure: these videos are quite old; they are representative of our style and repertoire, but not of our present level; with a decade more of playing together, Behn’s playing of this music now is nothing short of incredible… he’s become, not only my favorite vibraphonist in New York, but in all of jazz. In other words, if you like what you hear here, you’ll be amazed when you hear us now. (These videos will be updated in 2020.)
Behn Gillece, vibraphone
Paul Bollenback, guitar
Matt Clohsey, bass
Chuck Braman, drums
Nate Radley, Pete McCann, guitar
Noriko Ueda, Paul Gill, Evan Gregor, Thomson Kneeland, bass