By Ron Schepper, Textura
Hailing from Houston, Jalen Baker impresses as a vibraphonist, composer, and bandleader of preternatural poise on his debut collection. What he has accomplished on This Is Me, This Is Us is more in line with what one expects from an artist well into a career rather than on a first album. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago (BA in Jazz Studies) and Florida State University (MM in Jazz Studies), the Washington, DC-born vibraphonist has left his mark as an instrumental presence in and around Chicago, Georgia, Northern Florida, and, of course, Houston and now takes the next logical step with the recording. Read more here.