All About Jazz, October, 2002
Fresh off a coast to coast tour of the Canadian Jazz Festivals and US dates this past summer, modern jazz vibraphonist Matthias Lupri returns this fall with his 3rd CD of original modern compositions entitled "Same Time Twice" on "Summit Records - DCD 337".
Modern original jazz with the sweet sounds of the vibraphone and the forward thinking players of today's NYC jazz scene. Critically acclaimed saxophonist Mark Turner and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel have numerous albums out on Verve and Warner Bros, while the bass and drum team of Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson were with Joshua Redman's band for many years, and presently Dianne Reeves. Presently #36 on the Jazz Charts and climbing.
Upcoming CD release shows:
Matthias Lupri Group
Dec 6 Acton Jazz Café, Acton,Ma (w/Walter Smith)
Jan 23 - Maine Jazz Alliance, Portland, ME (w/Mark Turner)
Jan 24 - Wooster Jazz Society, Danbury, CT (w/Mark Turner)
Jan 25 - Montage Grille, Rochester, NY (w/Mark Turner)
Jan 26 - Cornelia St Cafe Jazz Club, New York, NY (w/Mark Turner)
Jan 28 - Blues Alley, Washington, DC (w/Mark Turner)
Music will also be from Lupri’s past CD 'Shadow of the Vibe' with George Garzone (Chartmaker Jazz CMG5060).
"Lupri's third album, the splendid Same Time Twice, offers a brace of fresh originals that have an open, now feel" Zan Stewart- Liner Notes
"Vibist Lupri's second album "Shadow of the Vibe" is an absolute jewel..." Larry Nai - Cadence, July 2000
"Lupri emerges as a another musician living up to his considerable potential... on this well -conceived cleanly executed program that comprises Lupri's own attractive compositions." Neil Tesser, Jazziz, Feb 2000
Born in Germany, Lupri grew up in Kansas and Alberta, Canada. He studied drums and began playing professionally as a teenager in blues, rock and country music bands, including Juno winner George Fox. In his early 20's, while studying music in college, he became fascinated with jazz vibraphone music from listening to a recording of the legendary Gary Burton. Lupri recollects, "It totally changed my whole approach to music. For the next five years, while I was still on the road with rock bands, I would practice my vibes every day in my hotel room." Having found a new musical expression with the vibes, he enrolled at the "Berklee College of Music"in Boston to study with his mentor Gary Burton. Lupri’s debut CD "Window Up Window Down" (Chartmaker Jazz PDP1020) and "Shadow of the Vibe" both charted in the Top 40 Gavin and Top 15 CMJ Jazz Charts and #7 Chart Magazine Canada. Recent performances with Greg Osby, Kurt Rosewinkel, George Garzone, Jeff Ballard, Rick Margitza, Greg Hutchinson .including a coast to coast tour of the Canadian Jazz Festivals, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Hartford Intl Festival, Berkshire Jazz Festival, MIX Festival at Foxboro Stadium, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Quincy Festival, Knitting Factory in NYC, Top of the Senator in Toronto and CBC Montreal.
"Look out for promising young vibraphonist Matthias Lupri, a protégé of Gary Burton." -Jazz For Dummies
"An enjoyable slice of advanced modern Jazz."- Al Merritt, UK Jazz London, Jazz Now
" Lupri hits hard on the solos, and comps with warm glow when George Garzone steps out. On "Investion" the power is scary..." - John Barrett -- JazzUSA
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