TO BE RELEASED BY E1 MUSIC JANUARY 26th, 2010E1 Music announces the release of a new album from vibraphonist Joe Locke. For The Love of You will be released on January 26th, 2010 and features vocalist Kenny Washington. Joining Locke and Washington is an all-star rhythm section: Grammy nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Clarence Penn. Locke, a top radio charting jazz artist, is highly regarded as an instrumentalist, composer and band leader.
Elegance, lyricism and soul are the sublime qualities at play in this magical new release. For the first time in many years, the vibesman includes vocals as a primary part of the mix. Forging a style that seems to be made of equal parts Nat King Cole and Donny Hathaway, Kenny Washington weaves his unique spell around a diverse repertoire. The seven vocal tunes include pieces taken from the contemporary pop / soul lexicon as well as the Great American Songbook. There is also a stunning Locke original, “Verrazano Moon,” which is given a deeply poignant reading by Washington and the band. Three instrumentals round out the collection – the swinging “I Miss New York (When I Been Gone Too Long),” the contemporary “Bright Side Up” (both Locke originals) and an elegant reading of Ennio Morricone’s “Cinema Paradiso.” Continue reading