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Love is Pendulum

Artist: Joe Locke

Date of Release: 01/01/2015

Catalogue no: 2314

Label: Motema

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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Variation On Wisdom

2

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Love Is The Tide

3

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Love Is A Planchette

4

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Love Is Letting Go

5

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Love Is Perpetual Motion

6

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For Jesse Mountain

7

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Last Ditch Wisdom

8

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Embrace

 

 

 

 

also featuring
Robert Rodriguez, Terreon Gully, Ricky Rodriguez

special guests
Rosario Giuliani, Donny McCaslin, Theo Bleckmann, Victor Provost, Paul Bollenback

Joe Lockeís new recording, Love Is A Pendulum (available on the Motema Music imprint on May 26, 2015), is just over an hour in length, but has taken a lifetime to make, as it encompasses all of Lockeís joys and sorrows, and utilizes all of his slings and arrows.

Love Is A Pendulum is an arresting collection of all original music, the centerpiece of which is a five movement suite, based on a poem by the writer and musician Barbara Sfraga (from her Subway Series work), a multi-≠?dimensional artist who Locke has long admired. Locke explains further, ďeach verse begins with a metaphor describing love -≠? its properties and tendencies -≠? and how (possibly) to navigate them. As is so often the case in my composing process, the genesis of a musical idea comes from words, whether it be a novel, a poem, or even a simple phrase uttered in a certain way. I feel that Love Is A Pendulum is my best work thus far and I am eternally grateful to Barbara for the inspiration her poem has provided.Ē

This recording is the most personal, most compositional and most emotive work of Lockeís career, and it features a hand-≠?picked cast of outstanding musicians that bring Lockeís vision to life in spectacular fashion: special guests Rosario Giuliani, Donny McCaslin (saxes), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Victor Provost (steel pan) and Theo Bleckmann (voice), with Lockeís core working quartet, featuring Robert Rodriguez (piano), Terreon Gully (drums and co-≠?producer) & Ricardo Rodriguez (basses). Locke commented in the liner notes about the musicians featured on Love Is A Pendulum, ďas tightly composed as much of this music is, it would not have risen off the page without the creative contributions of the musicians here. Robert, Terreon and Ricky, the core of this group, have been hugely important to the realization of this project. Working together with a great natural chemistry, they sculpted the shape of each piece into something beyond what I had imagined. Their ability to deal with the written material while at the same time injecting it with soul and spontaneity was (and continues to be) remarkable. Iím also grateful that all of my first choices were available (with a bit of juggling!) to be guests on Love Is A Pendulum.Ē

 

Reviews

 

02/06/2015 - Ken Micalleff, DownBeat Magazine

4 1/2 stars
"Love Is A Pendulum honors the listenerís intelligence in artfully realized song-craft... a thematic work that embraces a cerebral vision and empowers it song after song."

 

01/06/2015 Ron Netsky, The Rochester City Paper

" ...All nine of the tracks are excellent. Locke is at the top of his game throughout as are the members of his quartet."

 

22/05/2015 Troy Collins - AllAboutJazz.com

"The quartet's intuitive rapport and the invited guests' spontaneous contributions impart soulful verve to Locke's written notation, collectively bringing the leader's multifaceted charts to life. One of the most ambitious efforts in Locke's discography, Love Is A Pendulum is a captivating example of today's finest creative mainstream jazz."

 

15/05/2015 John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com

"Locke's core quartet doesn't just lift his music off the written page, they make it leap out of the speakers, filling the room with an energy that's almost uncontainable, whether it be a ballad or a more buoyant tune."

 

11/05/2015 Jack Garner, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

"One of jazz's greatest vibes players... a true and passionate artist of his instrument... Itís hard to imagine works in two different media coalescing so beautifully."

 

09/05/2015 Joel Roberts, The NYC Jazz Record

" ... A stirring and memorable album that charts new territory for the leader and easily ranks as one of the best of his career."

 

08/05/2015 Thomas Cunniffe, JazzHistoryOnline

"Lockeís dramatic solos provide this music with much of its inner soul. Iíve rarely heard Locke play with as much passion as on this recording. Itís not surprising for a composer to be emotionally tied to his work, but there seems to be more than that in Lockeís performances, as if there is a deeper message to this music than merely a collection of melodies, harmonies and rhythms."

 

02/05/2015 Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News

"An increasingly ambitious, interesting and important figure in the jazz world."

 

01/05/2015 Joe Klopus, The Kansas City Star

"Vibraphonist Joe Locke, one of the leading figures on the instrument today, is one of those rare players who can play just about anything with anybody in jazz."

 

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