|Vibraphonist Tom Beckham new release, Center Songs, clearly demonstrates his skills as both a writer and an improviser while revealing the some of his closest collaborators (and top-young New York tal¬ents): pianist Henry Hey, saxophonist Chris Cheek, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Diego Voglino.
Since his arrival in New York back in 1994, vibra¬phonist Tom Beckham has been heard as a unique voice among his generation. Jim Macnie, in the Village Voice, wrote When he takes the stage he invariably amplifes the energy. "I've seen him stress his instrument's percussive side, and in doing so, stretch a solo into a trance-like soliloquy."
This new recording shows the vibist unique voice and diverse set of influences, engaging the musicians in an inspired, dynamic performance.
”Beckham's warmly melodic writing is well served by his approach, one situated between the slow-burn soul of Milt Jackson and the pianism of Gary Burton.”
“When he takes the stage he invariably amplifies the album1s energy. I've seen him stress his instrument1s percussive side, and in doing so, stretch a solo into a trance-like soliloquy.”
The Village Voice