In a career moving from one milestone to the next with accelerating regularity, the past decade has represented particularly extraordinary artistic growth for vibraphonist Joe Locke as a composer and leader. Beginning in 2001 with the Storms/Nocturnes Trio collaboration with Geoffrey Keezer and Tim Garland, and moving forward with projects under his own leadership – ranging from the Four Walls of Freedom group and Milt Jackson Tribute Band to the more recent Force of Four – Locke's deep understanding of the jazz tradition, married with a profound and unrelenting modernism, has established him as the most multi-dimensional vibraphonist of his generation, and also as one of the most imaginative, lyrical and emotionally arresting leader/composers in today’s jazz arena.
Read more articles
The music that Locke and Keezer create can be alternately potent and powerful or peaceful and poetic, but it's never less than enthralling. --All About Jazz
The elegance injected with a spiritual groove belongs uniquely to the Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group. --Jazz Police
Locke/Keezer Group is lush and hot-blooded. What the two ensembles share is the magical, complementary sonorities of the vibes/piano blend. The members of Locke/Keezer...nailed Signing.. --JazzTimes