The Pulse: Vibraphonist Warren Wolf Shifts into an R&B Lane on 'Reincarnation'

Mar 5, 2020

Warren Wolf has established himself as one of the go-to vibraphonists of his generation.

Whether working with the SFJAZZ Collective or with bassist Christian McBride, this Baltimore native has proven himself to be a master of the straight-ahead sound, in the vein of his predecessors Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson.

But Wolf’s latest release — Reincarnation, just out on Mack Avenue — recalls the music of his youth: those R&B classics that played in his household. The album is also a celebration of life and love for his wife and five children.

Warren Wolf is currently on tour with Cécile McLorin Salvant, performing Ogresse. He'll appear with the SFJAZZ Collective on March 31 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, N.J. 

Reincarnation is out now; order here. The album-release show will be April 16-19 at Jazz Standard.