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Same Time Twice
Matthias Lupri

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Track Listing
1. Same Time Twice
2. Song of Change
3. Jade
4. You Just Never Know
5. Saucey
6. Wish Song (prelude)
7. The Wish Song
8. Cathy's Tune
9. After Hours
10. Release
11. After Hours (reprise)

Detailed Description / Musicians
Musicians:
Matthias Lupri - Vibraphone
Mark Turner - Saxophones
Kurt Rosenwinkel - Guitars
Reuben Rogers - Bass
Gregory Hutchinson - Drums

Description:
Vibraphonist Matthias Lupri has gained international attention because of his mastery of this percussion instrument, a rare one in the jazz idiom, but one that he induces to speak in a beautiful array of musical colors and textures. On Same Time Twice, the Berklee graduate teams up with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, saxophonist Mark Turner, acoustic bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, all excellent leaders in their own right. But despite the giant-sized talent of this ensemble, there are no conflicts of jazz interests here, just splendid complementing and soloing and audacious improvising. This highly listenable straight-ahead jazz collection boasts 11 brand new songs, all written by Lupri and packed with the significant vibrato and production concepts that he has gleaned over the years from such master vibists and educators as Gary Burton and Lionel Hampton. However, this stellar set is played in the ensemble's own voice, with a variation on the typical vibraphone sound, as Lupri runs through a pickup and guitar amp. "Same Time Twice" opens the program, and includes excellent simultaneous solos from Rosenwinkel and Hutchinson over the ending vamp. Throughout the song, they set a pattern of sound replicated by the group in amplitude and pitch, even though the group's improvisations are independent of each other. The group's approach to chromatic harmony gives the impression of exotic origins on the dulcet-titled "Jade." Lupri's lyricism and modulations form its beautiful melody and sentimental tone, while Hutchinson and Rogers supply just the right tempo and emotion. "You Just Never Know" and "After Hours" are pensive ballads that are both provocative and soothing, and yet still entertain. Overall, Same Time Twice exceeds the expectations and satisfaction heard on Lupri's previous two releases, Window Up Window Down and Shadow of the Vibe, providing a continuum for Lupri's vibraphone and compositional values and creativity.

--Paula Edelstein
All Music Guide


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Website: http://www.matthiaslupri.com

Lupri is no underaged phenom, but rather a still-young though experienced adult who has not rushed his journey into jazz's deeper waters. He was born in Germany in 1964, and came to North America with his family a year later. After four years in Kansas, the Lupris moved to Alberta, Canada, where Matthias studied drums and began playing professionally as a teenager. "I was a drummer for 15 years," he reports, "playing blues, rock and country music. But jazz fascinated me, and I went to college to learn more about it. That's where I was introduced to the vibes, which was a mandatory instrument for drummers; and that's where a teacher told me to check out Gary Burton. So I bought his Times Square album with Tiger Okoshi, Steve Swallow and Roy Haynes, and it totally changed my whole approach to music. For the next five years, while I was still on the road with rock bands, I would practice my vibes every day in my hotel room."

One major change for Lupri was a newfound urge to compose music as well as play it. "I always felt that I was missing something by just playing," he recalls. "I wanted to add more melodically." He also took note of how Burton, in his Times Square period, was working without piano or guitar, and a Lupri ensemble concept also began to take shape. "I love playing with sax and no other comping instrument," he explains. "It gives you more freedom, and without the richer piano sound the timber of sax and vibes together tends to float more."

Finally, Lupri decided to commit himself fully to jazz. He enrolled at Boston's Berklee College, where vibists Burton, Ed Saindon and Victor Mendoza all helped him find his own voice. Around the time of his graduation in 1994, he met fellow student drummer Sebastiaan DeKrom (Jamie Cullum), who toured and played on Matthias' first few CD's. Matthias has since then gone on to tour consistently and play at major jazz festivals such as Atlanta, Litchfield, Rochester, Jacksonville, Lake George, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, Clearwater, Boston, Ottawa, etc.

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