Good VIbes Radio Update August 2020
I hope you were able to catch last month’s all-Jobim program, played by an assortment of many our favorite vibraphone players. If you were listening you may have noticed one important, well-loved Jobim composition that was omitted. I didn’t have time to fit in “Girl from Ipanema”! So, I’m making that up to you now with an arrangement by The View from Madeleine’s Couch on their newest album, Bossa Nova Sunset Club. The album was recorded at a mountaintop studio in Australia’s Sunshine Coast. No wonder it sounds so darn good! The original is called “Garota de Ipanema.” This version features Kym Ambrose on vibraphone and Anje West vocals. The rest of the vibes crew includes, Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Samuels, Arthur Lipner, Emil Richards, David Friedman, newcomer Thaddeus Tukes, Arturo Serra and Warren Wolf. That’s the first half!
In the Where Jazz Goes segment, which doesn’t always include vibes players, I was surprised to hear David Friedman on Bob James’ “Feel Like Making Love” on the album One. Roberta Flack had a giant hit in 1974 and James recorded his instrumental that same year. The rest of that segment includes Gregory Porter on “The In Crowd,” Dave (Brubeck) Digs Disney, Anthony Smith and Retrosonik on “True,” and Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man,” by Dave Stryker, Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band. When we come back to the Vibraphone Highway, we’ll be riding with Milt Jackson, Chuck Redd, Behn Gillece, Steve Nelson and Christian Tamburr. A great line-up!