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The Motive Series by Mark Sherman

Eight of the ten pieces on Mark Sherman's recent release are part of the Motive series. There is little to decipher as to what is meant by these Motives. And there does not much variation amongst these Motives. Motive #8 Altered sounds suspiciously a lot like Motive #11 Always Reaching.

The title, Motive #9 Soothing Dream, may be a key. The music, performed by a quartet featuring Mark Sherman on vibraphone, has a relaxed sensibility. The quartet performs ably and ambles around and around, like an amiable conversation outside on the back deck with old reliable friends sitting on Andirondack chairs sipping on iced tea on a breezy, sunny summer afternoon. Nothing heavy. Nothing somber. Just a gathering that is soothing and enjoyable. And, the music, with its reliance on the vibraphone, has a lazy, dream-like feel that lets one drift in and out of consciousness.

So, you drift along with the music, sitting in that chair, wondering whether these friends exist or are a figment of a ripe imagination and you ponder just what happened to Motives #2, #5 and #6? Who offed these Motives. who's next and why?

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Mark Sherman
  • CD Title: The Motive Series
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Mile High Productions
  • Tracks: Nature Boy; Motive #10 Judaican (features Brecker); Motive #1; Motive #11 Always Reaching (features Brecker); Motive #7 Alla Sandra; Motive #3 That Moment; Motive #4 Venture Within; Motive #9 Soothing Dream; Old Folks; Motive #8 Altered.
  • Musicians: Mark Sherman (vibraphone); Michael Brecker (tenor sax); Allen Farnham (piano); Phil Palombi (bass); Tim Horner (drums).
  • Rating: Three Stars
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