Embrace in the New York Times

Embrace received a glowing review in the New York Times!

On each of his first two albums, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman made himself an element within his sextet’s prismatic splendor, full of interplay between spiky glistening surfaces — like an El Anatsui work rendered as music. On “Embrace,” his latest album, Dingman cuts the band’s membership in half, and the challenge of building a tapestry falls largely to him. Somehow he rises to it, laying chords atop arpeggios, running across the instrument’s range, all while focusing your ear on the big empty space in the trio’s sound. His study of Indian and West African classical musics has helped to furnish his toolbox, and on “Ali” he pays homage to an inspiration, the Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, though Dingman’s playing here is as influenced by the sound of the kora, a different West African stringed instrument, as by the guitar.” RUSSONELLO

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