Joe Locke - Dear Life
"For unremitting brilliance it would be difficult to match this quartet".
The verdict is in. Joe Locke & 4 Walls of Freedom are guilty of providing fans and critics with some of the
most exciting improvised music around. With tenor sax maestro Tommy Smith and bassist extraordinaire
Ed Howard invited to join the band, one thing was certain there
would be no letup
in the incredible
approach this group has to making interesting and dynamic music something
this ensemble has become
With the sad passing of Bob Berg, it was important that a player with a strong personal identity should
occupy the tenor saxophone chair. Enter Tommy Smith, a remarkable musician in his own right who has
collaborated with John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and many others. Like two great artists
(Rembrandt & Renoir?) Smith and Berg paint with different brushes, but their artistry is always of the
highest order. Thus, on this wonderful studio recording, new ideas and soundscapes are developed, and
new vistas are explored while
the same intensity and beauty remain.
The decision to keep this unique band concept as a working unit has been fully justified with the release
of this ninetrack
force. "Dear Life" is without doubt a more than worthy addition to the
burgeoning catalogue of fine albums from vibes master Joe Locke, and one that reinforces his position
amongst the very top artists of the day.
Joe Locke: Vibes, Midi Vibes and Marimba
Tommy Smith: Tenor Saxophone
Gary Novak: Drums
Ed Howard: Acoustic Bass
1. Wind in Your Willow
2. Dear Life
3. Cut and Paste
6. For B.B.
7. Manhattan Rain
9. Verrazano Moon