With 'Lexi's Lullaby' a previous marlbank track of the week and easily the best track this is a stirring album. Other big pick is the absorbing 'There's Beauty in Fear'. Clean, sleek tunes that have a certain gravity to them credit surely must go for the clarity of production direction to Jeremy Pelt guiding the less is more thinking and execution exhibited by US vibist Jalen Baker. Sonically it is odd in a way and not just because the vibraphone as an instrument is always capable of throwing a curveball given the blanket of scattergun vibrations it throws out. Curious more because the overall levels of resonance seem to have been toned down a bit and that ''flatness'' of sound gives this a very unglossy patina and a crisp edge to the shell of the ensemble. And you get a concentrated hub of sound whether it's the vibes or the supporting Paul Cornish on piano, Gabe Godoy on bass and bash-'em-hard Gavin Moolchan on drums who are all among the far more crowded personnel on earlier Baker album This Is Me, This Is Us. Baker is not as obviously dazzling as say Bobby Hutcherson de nos jours Joel Ross. But if anything Baker's composer and interpreter personality and individuality shine through just as much. Godoy's woody riff introducing the title track is a moment to savour but it's really immediacy of the thematic vocabulary that draws you in, even more interesting than the efficient cover of JoeHen material and treatment of 'Body and Soul'. There's humility, passion, and ideas here - maybe some of these pieces could have been extended even more in some extended improvisational flurries is the only caveat. It's over too soon.