It indeed is a small, distinct fraternity. The number of jazz saxophonists and trumpeters, for example, number in the thousands. But there are fewer than a hundred well-known jazz players, past and present, whose principal instruments are the vibes or their woody stepbrother, the marimbas.
In addition to an array of jazz standards and one original, "It Rained Again Tonight," Tamburr treated the audience of about 300 to a handful of tunes written by or associated with the masters. They included "Flyin' Home" and "Cherokee" (Hampton),"Head Start" (Hutcherson) and "Bags' Groove" (Jackson).
Other highlights: the band's tango-like take on "You Don't Know What Love Is," his wonderful duet with Thornton on "All the Things You Are," and his solo version of "In a Sentimental Mood." On the latter tune, Tamburr played the vibes softly with his hands rather than mallets.
This was his second appearance at the CCJS series at the Charlotte Cultural Center Theater. His local debut was in November 2012.
|Giddins, Tamburr, Thornton, Gottlieb|