“Anthony Smith has done a masterful job.”
— Kenny Barron, legendary pianist, composer, educator
Masters of the Vibes is a celebration of the vibraphone and the artists who play it on the highest level. Musician/author Anthony Smith leads readers on an entertaining, informative journey through the history of this beautiful sounding, but sometimes overlooked, instrument through stimulating conversations with a wide variety of vibes players… from icons and legends to rising stars and promising newcomers. The result is a book filled with wisdom, humor, detailed musical knowledge and refreshing insights into not only the artistic process, but also the human condition itself. Smith and his passionate, mallet-playing colleagues have created an invaluable document — a must-read for vibes lovers, students, professionals and anyone interested in exploring the rich lives and careers of great artists.
“Finally, a book about the vibraphone and the important players of the instrument. I’ve been hoping someone would do a book like this for a long time. A lot of vibraphone history in these pages.”
— Gary Burton, world-renowned vibraphonist, bandleader, educator
cover photo by Matthew Hamilton (mhamiltonvisuals.com)