Label: Mack Avenue Records
Backed by a cracking rhythm section -- including drummer Greg Hutchinson, bassist Christian McBride and pianist Peter Martin -- Warren Wolf's self-titled debut bristles with a young, authoritative energy. The explosive solo on "427 Mass Ave" opens the record by announcing the vibraphone player's compositional and technical chops, though he's soon sobered up by the sensitive, plaintive blues "Katrina." Chick Corea's "Señor Mouse" is a testament to his good taste, with Wolf's vibe lines hung over a texture of marimba. Saxophonist Tim Green's fluid playing is a perfect complement.