A Viberatto B

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A Viberatto: B - Released November 2012

A Viberatto remains true to itself on new album

by david malachowski - daily freeman (11/2012)

They're at it again. They knew full well the world was anxiously awaiting new vibraphone music, and this new release, "A Viberatto: B" will not disappoint the masses.

Leopard Studios (Stone Ridge) head honcho Jimmy Goodman is once again hovering over the vibes with his sure, true touch and clever sense of melody.

He is aided and abetted by Kol Marshall (bass, piano and synth) and multi-instrumentalist Guthrie Lord.

This core group is graced with appearances by Ross Rice (piano) and Von Cello (cello).

The starting point here with the vibraphone in the forefront is that you're not going to hear typical sounds and textures of the normal guitar band. And that's a good place to be — and without clichés starring them in the face, twists and turns appear effortlessly. Like in the opening track "Ruthless," an anxious, rushing affair where angular strings battle the round liquid tones of the vibraphone to a close draw. The pensive "Blowing Leaves" harks back to a time when folks used rakes. not leave blowers.

The somewhat sentimental "Across the Prairie" is a cinematic journey down Route 66 as you can almost see the horizon slowly moving away. "Lovely" is certainly that, while "Faint Star" is darker, dramatic and a (gasp) guitar even shows up for some emotional, string-bending thrills.

The hopeful "Growing" is much more optimistic, and the futuristic "Winter of 2025" is chilly and crisp, as if performed in a walk-in refrigerator (like those in a supermarket). making it's vision clean and clear.

There's no lyrics here, not a word, but A Viberatto sure says a lot, about life and being in the moment.

With most of the music world chasing after instant fame, and, therefore, putting out predictable, formulatic records, it's nice when someone just makes good music to make good music and isn't afraid to sound like themselves. Well done!

A Viberatto will hold it's CD release party at the BSP Lounge in Kingston on Thursday.

David Malachowski is a guitarist, producer and freelance journalist living in the Hudson Valley.

A Viberatto: A - Released June 21, 2010

No one can accuse Goodman of copying, borrowing or being derivative here, he is pioneering his own territory here, and is the undisputed king of this yet unnamed genre. ...stunning, that said, how could you go wrong with Hudson, Scarpantoni, Levin and Rice all on the same track? (Can anyone say million dollar band?)...
Reviewed by David Malachowski , Daily Freeman.


..."Beautiful", by the Group Viberattto was released on August 17, 2008. Featuring primarily acoustic instruments, this ambient chamber rock group is captured on this five song EP. After playing jazz, reggae, funk, trip/hip hop, and rock in Boston and the Lower East Side and (studio hosting) the Strokes‚ major-label debut, musical maven Jimmy Goodman relocated to Stone Ridge, where he opened his increasingly popular Leopard Recording Studio. Perhaps best described as a kind of jazz/ambient/chamber ensemble, Goodman's Viberatto project features the leader on vibraphone, synthesizers, piano, and programming, along with a hand-picked crew of his accomplished upstate friends: cellist Jane Scarpantoni, bassist Chris Maccia, percussionist Scott Hanna, guitarist Nat Russell, and our own Ross Rice on additional piano...
Reviewed by Peter Aaron, Roll Magazine.

Every once in a while (okay, hardly ever) something really different shows up on my desk, and this is a fine example. Though Jimmy "Lonesome" Goodman has done his time in the trenches in rock bands, here he wields the vibraphone, as well as piano, bass and drums. .."
Reviewed by David Malachowski , Daily Freeman.


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