Sunday, January 6, 2019

Peter Schlamb: The Plastic Sax Person of the Year

Peter Schlamb has been feverishly praised at Plastic Sax since his name was first mentioned at this site in 2010.  Almost every one of the rave reviews garnered by the brilliant vibraphonist is entirely organic.  Schlamb doesn’t promote his work.

Schlamb’s stellar seven-song EP Electric Tinks was furtively released a few weeks ago without a smidgen of publicity.  Schlamb doesn't even list it at his site.  Yet in my review of the EP- the sole critique the project has received- I assert that Schlamb’s plugged-in vibraphone is “the most compelling sound of the past few years” in Kansas City. 

It’s not an accident that the arrival of the St. Louis transplant has coincided with the artistic renaissance of Kansas City’s jazz scene.  That’s why Shlamb is the Plastic Sax Person of the Year for 2018.  Mum’s the word.

The previous recipients of Plastic Sax's Person of the Year award are John Scott (2017),  Eddie Moore (2016), Larry Kopitnik (2015), Deborah Brown (2014), Stan Kessler (2013), Doug and Lori Chandler (2012), Jeff Harshbarger (2011), Mark Lowrey (2010) and Hermon Mehari (2009).  Bobby Watson was named the Plastic Sax Person of the Decade in 2009.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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