EXPOSE YOURSELF AND COOL OFF! 'Cool Vibes' has auspiciousness. It's the 'debut' exposure of a super-talented player. Benjamin Wittiber remarkably documents, with this first recording, his state of being, both musically and as a composer. He proves to be one of the best of his craft, manifesting maturity and skill in every sense. 'Cool Vibes' is a valid statement; it's the studied knowledge of the great Jazz, Blues and even Swing tradition, brought into a setting of contemporary musical expression and the personal artistic potential of an extraordinary player and his instrument. Having an impressive control of the medium, the vibes, Benjamin's playing shows a keen sense of color and texture with a thoroughly convincing drive on the solos. Not only does he Stretch the whole lyrical range of his 37 metal bar wide submarine, diving into the ocean of MUSIC, but in so far as he is guided by different 'streams', it is the vibraphone, that conducts the far-reaching musical travel on 'Cool Vibes', providing a firm rhythmic and harmonic center. The variety and beauty of this instrument can once again be explored and subsequently not only Jazz listeners will appreciate this album. There is temperamental speed combined with the richness of sensitively created moods in the compositions, especially in the ballads. In addition to this, the Groove is there! It is constantly evolving within the stimulating exchange of harmonic and rhythmic ideas, that are simple, but yet are very compositional in their virtuosity. May be that's why they are just......just COOL. You may love Jazz, you may like it funky or you prefer to die for the Blues, but here you have a multitude of sounds to choose from and it is amazing, how full sounded and rich marimbas and vibes can be played. It is a real pleasure to hear how light and yet fat arrangements can swing, even without using a Bigband, or enormous electric support. 'Great Company requests great Company'. That's why Benjamin has surrounded himself with some excellent musicians, who all have a fantastic sense for arrangements and each one of them connects marvelously with the music. It's a gift, when a melody can persistently stay in your mind, just like a sunflower, it can softly lie there, forever, if you want, and, like the flower, it can completely change your mood and lead you to that space, where you finally 'Cool Off'. We can talk a lot more about the music, the arrangements and so on, but what is most convincing on 'Cool Vibes' is simply the spirit! Benjamin's touch may be smooth and romantic, sometimes yelling or even funny, but the main thing is: he reflects VIBES: 'HIS VIBES, YOUR VIBES, COOL VIBES'. Julian Benedikt.