There have been influential vibes players which include luminaries such as Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Gary Burton, and more recently Stefan Harris. And they have forced listeners to embrace and evaluate the presence of the vibraphone. Their imagination and skill have created an almost cult following.
Eldad Tarmu on vibes takes center stage on "Something Colorful" by The Daniel Glass Trio which includes Glass on drums and Tim Emmons on bass. Tarmu plays consistently and exceptionally well, but generally the tunes sound undifferentiated. There are a few exceptions. Bud Powell’s ‘Dance of the Infidels’ creates a stir that nearly matches the master’s. It sounds both dreamy and demonic. ‘Sparkler’ written by Glass is a graceful, reflective ballad that stirs the mind's eye. The most successful is Glass’ ‘On the Verge’ which has a penetrating, pulsating theme that is ear-catching and pleasing. It is by far the most memorable piece that verges on the ecstatic.
Ultimately though, the enjoyment of this album is answering that above question. If you are intrigued and captivated by the defining and nearly naked presence of the vibraphone, then this is an album worth exploring.