Through his three prior Mack Avenue Music Group releases and his attention-grabbing work with the likes of Christian McBride, Bobby Watson, Karriem Riggins, Jeremy Pelt, and the SFJAZZ Collective, Warren Wolf has established himself as the foremost straight-ahead vibraphonist of his generation, a bop torchbearer well equipped to carry the mantle of forebears like Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson.
For 'Reincarnation', the vibist realised he'd need a band equally versed in the jazz tradition and the sultry feel of vintage R&B. His compositions touched on the R&B groups that blared from the radio in his high school and college days: D'Angelo, Mint Condition, Prince, even 2Pac. He found the ideal chemistry through a mix of scene veterans and rising stars - drummer Carroll "CV" Dashiell III, bassist Richie Goods and newcomer vocalist Imani-Grace Cooper.
Marcellus "Bassman" Shepard, aka "The Man with the Voice," a DJ on Baltimore's WEAA 88.9, serves as emcee and Greek chorus throughout the album, providing a radio-style intro for the album on the opening track, "Smooth Intro," and a summary farewell on the bookending "Smooth Outro."
"This is just an album about love and feel-good music," Wolf summed up. "At this point in my career, I just wanted to show that I can be versatile in many different styles. I plan to continue to grow and play all the wonderful music that has shaped me as a musician today."
- Smooth Intro
- For Ma
- In The Heat Of The Night
- The Struggle
- For The Love Of You
- Sebastian And Zo?
- Livin' The Good Life
- Come And Dance With Me
- Smooth Outro
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