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Who are the best (jazz) vibraphonists to listen to? What recordings do you recommend?
Oh, so many...in terms of jazz players, lets start with:
John Mark Piper
Thats just scratching the surface - Im sure Ive left some fine players out, quite unintentionally I assure you. The ones Ive listed will present a wide variety of eras and styles and every jazz vibraphonist would benefit from checking out anyone on this list.
Also, its well worth checking out some of the classical composers who have made great use of mallet instruments, like Steve Reich, Joseph Schwantner, Karel Husa, and others. Id also recommend that jazz mallet players learn some classical marimba literature - many of the techniques and textures used in classical mallet literature can be adapted to ones jazz playing.