Mark Josefsberg and Threeedom!

Mark Josefsberg and Threeedom!

Mark Josefsberg and Threeedom!

Sound Ideas

Vibist Mark Josefsberg and Threeedom — bassist Fred Berman and drummer Skip Scott — have released a record that keeps a listener coming back, for reasons not entirely clear. Not because the record isn’t good — it certainly is — but because a record built around vibes doesn’t necessarily jump up and grab you. The sound they create is at times lively (the original “Threeedom” or Thelonious Monk’s “Bemsha Swing”) or seductive (“Sweet and Lovely”), but it captures a place in your head not unlike the best ambient works of Eno — music sometimes just below the level of acknowledgment, but enticing nevertheless. This is a beautiful acoustic record, well-recorded and produced. The original tunes show flair and a strong melodic sense, and the choice of covers (Monk, Cole Porter) is strong. Great stuff, well recommended for jazz fans hungry for something new — and with the current state of jazz, aren’t we all?

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