Warren Wolf - Convergence album review: holding his own among the heavyweights

Thu, Jun 23, 2016, 12:27

   
 

Album:
Convergence

Artist:
Warren Wolf

Label:
Mack Avenue

Genre:
Jazz

The name of Baltimore vibraphonist Warren Wolf may not be too well known, but the sidemen he has called on for his third release on well-funded US indy label Mack Avenue should ensure he doesn’t remain so for much longer.

Produced by Wolf’s mentor and regular employer, bassist Christian McBride, Convergence features a dream team band including pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, with guitarist John Scofield guesting on two tracks.

The danger when you recruit such heavyweight sidemen, of course, is that they will eclipse you and indeed there are times when Wolf’s companions, particularly Mehldau, raise proceedings to another level, but at his best, the 36-year-old’s strong melodic sense and bravura technique mean he holds his own, just.

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