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Sounds Like: Joe Locke, Mike Mainieri, Nick Mancini, Tony Miceli, Bobby Hutcherson
Label: HammondBeat Records, Hammondbeat Records
Manager: Sheral Graham
" Thomas owes an obvious debt to the great Bobby Hutcherson. With a clear tone, strong chops and good ideas he is also reminiscent of modern vibes masters Bryan Carrott and Joe Locke.A fine debut from a fellow Oregonian." -
- Rob Scheps, NYC Jazz icon, independent review of " Jackson" (May 15, 2...See Full Bio
““J'OURVET” TOM BERICH and THOMAS MACKAY Vibraphonist Thomas Mackay has teamed with steel pan player Tom Berich to produce “Jourvet,” a tasty collection of grooving tunes, no doubt inspired by the native vibes of their local surroundings: the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The pair has chosen a decidedly different format than the norm, assembling a band of vibraphone, steel drums, bass and drums—no keyboard, no guitar. This gives the music an original touch, as Mackay and Berich take turns accompanying each other with chords, filling the sonic space that would normally be occupied by one of the aforementioned “mainstay” instruments. The record kicks off with “Suk-Kyo’s Samba,” which begins with a riff voiced in fourths, doubled by vibes and pan. It’s an effective opening, as it is clear from the beginning this is going to be a grooving affair, in the island-flavored tradition of steel pan icon Andy Narell. Berich demonstrates a nice sense of dynamics, phrasing melo”