The quartet consists of vibraphone, piano, bass, and drums, Soon - Modern Jazz Quartet* - Plays For Lovers (Vinyl it is tempting Soon - Modern Jazz Quartet* - Plays For Lovers (Vinyl draw parallels with the Modern Jazz Quartet. I think pianist Mal Waldron stumbles too much at times, and the slow vibrato on the vibraphone affects my nerves in an unpleasant way.
I think that the chord changes become one soporific grinding — but I appreciate the disc in a way, because I have a feeling Teddy Charles and the others have a bona fide interest in reinventing jazz without resorting to hysterical effects. It should also be noted that the solos are quite interesting at times.
In both name and composition, listeners will inevitably be tempted to compare this group with the Modern Jazz Quartet, which of course for a long time almost had a monopoly on sales in the vibraphone quartet market. To their credit, Charles and Waldron have been doing a lot of experimenting that sometimes has more in common with contemporary musical manifestations other than jazz. Here however, it seems that they have started from the rich ballad tradition found in jazz, and I feel they have found success with this approach.
The piece is highly successful, LP), with tempo changes, solos, and themes emerging out of necessity, and the sense of a greater whole is never lacking. Both works are well prepared, and fortunately they lack the sort of searching character that has so easily crept into many attempts to break jazz conventions.
As a soloist, Charles is not as virtuosic as Soon - Modern Jazz Quartet* - Plays For Lovers (Vinyl Jackson — who is the only one he has to compare. Charles plays fewer notes but often gets an aphoristic clarity of melody, which makes him a musician I like to listen to. Waldron seems to look for things other than melodic development as a soloist.
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