Press

Chris Dingman

“An extremely gifted young composer, bandleader, recording artist, and much sought-after sideman. A true virtuoso on the vibes.”
Jon Weber, NPR

“Mr. Dingman’s own style stands out: he uses it not just for melody and percussion but also for sound, in long, smoky chords beaming out like floodlighting.”
Ben Ratliff, New York Times

“Wherever he finds his sound, what is striking is its utter originality.”
Cormac Larkin, Irish Times

Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” Chris Dingman is one of the most sought-after vibraphonists and composers of his generation. Schooled in the jazz tradition, yet influenced by a wide range of music and experience, Dingman draws inspiration and meaning from a diverse set of musical sources, uniting them in a progressive approach that has earned him praise for his “poignant work” (David Sprague, Variety), “deeply lyrical” (Nate Chinen, NY Times), and “downright hypnotic” (John Barron, All About Jazz).

Dingman’s Chamber Music America commissioned work The Subliminal and the Sublime was released in June 2015 to rave reviews:

As evocative as you might hope
Los Angeles Times

Five stars. Truly one of the year’s finest recordings in any genre
All About Jazz

Unfolding like a story in a gorgeous legato arc… a sonic gem
Stereophile

An ‘aural feast’ to be savored … you will be renewed
Huffington Post

See more press about The Subliminal and the Sublime on the album page.


In 2014, Chris’s role in the Steve Lehman Octet’s recording Mise En Abime helped make it the #1 Album of the Year in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. The poll features streaming audio of Chris’s solo on the track “Chimera/Luccini.”

Chris’s album Waking Dreams was voted Debut Album of the Year in the same critics poll in 2012, when he was also voted Rising Star Vibraphonist of the Year in the Downbeat Magazine critics poll.