New York, NY – Solidtone Recordings presents the November 2015 release of Solomental, the fifth album project from vibraphonist & composer Steve Shapiro. Based upon a selection of solo performances, some of which are arranged and orchestrated, Solomental is a unique concept album full of adventurous originals and popular jazz and pop standards. Shapiro employs acoustic & electric vibraphone, marimba, and various electric keyboards, recorded in the highest-quality detail. Four videos will also be released with the project, each of which capture a complete live take from the album session. A vibist, producer, composer and arranger, Shapiro has recorded with Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Ornette Coleman, They Might Be Giants, Pat Martino, Regina Belle, and SpyroGyra. He appeared on Steely Danʼs Two Against Nature, which received four Grammy Awards, including Album- of-the-Year. He regularly composes for television and for Disney/Pixar, including work on projects for over 40 feature film releases like Inside Out, Monsters University, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and all of the Toy Story and Cars franchises. Solomental combines original writing with traditional repertoire. Short, intimate vibraphone solos are offset by arrangements using contemporary electronics and longer forms. Many originals display the beauty and sonic variety of mallet percussion, as on the extended composition “Protons, Neutrons, and Croutons.” A deep genre-bending blues sensibility is evoked on the virtuosic “Redneck Rabbi.” Other notable originals are “Long Plastic Hallway” and “Improvisation #11,” which hint at aspects of twentieth-century concert music. Also “Mooche The Moose,” which leads the listener into some deconstructed electric bebop. Two interesting covers rarely heard on mallets are Hall & Oates’ classic “Sara Smile,” and Quincy Jones’ tasty “The Street Beater.” And fresh solo jazz performances of “April in Paris,” “’Round Midnight,” and “All The Things You Are” bring the vibes back into familiar territory. As Shapiro describes the project: “I never thought that I’d do a solo vibraphone recording, but I found that I was doing more solo playing over the last few years. The beauty of the vibes can really shine in an intimate setting. I also realized that certain solo records have become some of my long-time favorites, because they are so personal. In particular, Paul McCartney's first solo release and Pat Metheny's New Chautauqua, as well as solo efforts by Keith Jarrett, Joni Mitchell, Gary Burton, and maybe a few others. I like that no matter how stripped-down the setting, the core of what one is as an artist can still be there. So when I set-out on this project, I had a few ideas. I hoped to explore the expressive possibilities of mallet instruments, and have it be an album concept. In addition to acoustic vibes and marimba, I wanted to use some electronics, in as organic a way as possible. Many of the tracks are short, like short stories or poems that create a musical journey. And almost all of the pieces began as a continuous solo performance, even if I later added some orchestration. Some were captured on video as I recorded them.” Steve Shapiroʼs previous CD projects are: Backward Compatible (Apria), Low Standards (Sons of Sound), Xylophobia, and Vibe Out (Curious/Vibraphonic). Featured musicians include Nashville guitarist Pat Bergeson (Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Bill Frisell, Alison Krauss), plus A-list jazz players Marc Johnson, Danny Gottlieb, Kevin Hays, Tim Ries, Jochen Reuckert, Doug Weiss, and others. Also in the past, Shapiro has called- upon sensational jazz vocalist Annie Sellick and background singers Vaneese Thomas and Janice Pendarvis (Sting) to complete his polished, boundary-crossing style. All releases are available on iTunes and other digital music services.