Vibist-composer Lalo’s self-titled debut from 2003 featured a compelling trio consisting of bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Todd Isler. Favorable reviews abounded: “Lalo has injected some rock vitality into the vibraphone,” proclaimed host Liane Hansen during a feature interview on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday. “Lalo’s music exists as a playground made of sound,” read a Jazz Times magazine feature on the vibraphonist. The Village Voice said, “If Lionel Hampton joined â€˜80s King Crimson, he might’ve played vibraphone like Lalo.”
With her first release, Lalo established herself as an artist of innovation and skill. Her next move is an adventurous detour from the pared down format of her first CD. On her new album, Half Moon (to be released January 2006) Lalo explores different instrumentation in a series of expanded ensemble pieces tied together by a sense of mystery, magic and mood. As described in Bill Milkowski’s liner notes, the result is “a collection of beguiling compositions and ambitious arrangements that run the gamut from darkly introspective to audaciously intense, from chamber-like to downright giddy and eerily whimsical.” Says Lalo,“Exploration is what makes it all fresh.”
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