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Arthur Lipner's Vibes Real Book 20th Anniversary Sale

Vibes Real Book + 2 pairs Lipner mallets by Balter Model 41(med hard)...only $95.95
Vibes Real Book + 2 pairs Arthur mallets by Balter Model 45(hard)...only $95.95
2 pairs Lipner mallets by Balter Model 41(med hard)...only $67.95
2 pairs Lipner mallets by Balter Model 45(hard)...only $67.95
Vibes Real Book...only $28

New CD Brasilian Vibes by Arthur Lipner and Bahian percussionist/vocalist Nanny Assis!

Vibes and Marimba share common African roots with Brazilian percussion. Yet, due to the expense of good quality instruments, in addition to other factors including educational resources, there is very little co-mingling of these instruments in Brazilian jazz or MPB (Brasilian Popular Music). Until now! Lipner’s vibes and marimba are the threads connecting these varied tracks in a beautifully produced recording which makes a huge step in moving his instruments forward in the international music scene. BRSAILIAN VIBES was recorded in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the US, and mixed in Rio November 2009. It contains a wide spread of Brazilian styles in addition to American jazz-influenced tracks. Highlights include the jazz classic Four Brothers (with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon scatting!), Mallet Evolution, Monobloco Revolution (Lipner original recorded in Rio with the samba batucada group “Monobloco”, whom he has performed there with live) and the luscious and sensual Eu E A Brisa with Vanessa Falabella on vocals. Musicians on various tracks of this cd include Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, Brasilian guitarist Nelson Faria, trumpet player Michael Leonhart, Rob Curto on accordion and David Darling on cello.

If you play mallets or percussion this is an essential recording you will thoroughly enjoy. The beautiful 8-panel physical cd is available here exclusively, with downloads available at iTunes. So place yourself on the beach in Rio with your marimba and mallets as you dig into BRASILIAN VIBES!!

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composed by Arthur Lipner and Jens Wendelboe

Mallet Fantasia Concerto - Click here to download free Soloist Part! 

Mallet Fantasia is the culmination of a life-long dream for percussionist /composer Arthur Lipner. Training in the traditions of jazz and improvisation, which traditionally use small combos or Big Bands, Arthur always wanted to perform with an orchestra or Wind Ensemble but never really found music that would express his artistic visions. After taking courses at Juilliard only several years ago, Arthur began on the journey to realize this dream. Mallet Fantasia is a mixture of themes and textures which reflect Arthur's interests in Jazz, World Music and the orchestral traditions of America and Europe. Mallet Fantasia was originally titled HYBRIDISATION.

With the use of different performance techniques on the vibes and marimba, two improvisational sections and several cadenzas, Arthur has created a musical environment of freedom and structure, sound color and intrigue, beauty and energy. This is the first piece in the literature in many ways, including the use of both vibes and marimba together as a soloistic lead. Norwegian composer/instrumentalist Jens Wendelboe shared compositional duties in several important areas and created the orchestration.

Arrangements are now available for the following instrumentations:
1) Piano Reduction (duo with Piano) - available retail $29.50 (Zone 1)
2) Percussion Ensemble - available retail $42.50 (Zone 1)
3) Orchestra - rental only (
4) Wind Ensemble - rental only (

Mallet Fantasia has been performed:

If you have performed Mallet Fantasia please email us your performance info and it will be posted!

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Milt Jackson - Transcribed Solos of the Master

MalletWorks is proud to announce the most important jazz mallet book ever released - 16 fantastic solos by the master Milt Jackson "Bags"! His 50-year association with The Modern Jazz Quartet, his solo career, his sessions with Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles and hundreds of others...look inside the notes of the man responsible for millions of people falling in love with the vibes. A joy to sight-read and analyze. A MUST for every percussion and jazz enthusiast! Makes a great holiday gift for that special friend, teacher or colleague - buy two and save on our flat-rate shipping!

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Contains transcribed solos from these 16 tunes:

Track Name
(click title for sample chart - pdf)
Accompaniment track
50-75% Tempo
Angel Eyes
Bags & Trane
Bags Groove
Blues Bossa
Blues in C Minor
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
How High The Moon
In Walked Bud
Glory Glory Hallelujah
Poom A Loom
Sounds For Sid
The Sealer


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Rental Information:
Joan Kiedes
MalletWorks Rentals
4 Seymour Terrace
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Phone: 908.852.4459

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P.O. Box 302, Wilton, CT 06897
Phone +1.203.762.8083

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Video Performances:

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Two Brazilian Steel Dances by Ney Rosauro

List $14.95 now on sale for $10

Rhapsody for Solo Percussion and Orchestra - Duo w/ Piano Reduction -

List $21.95 now on sale for $16.50

Waltz For Debby (comp. Bill Evans) Vibraphone solo by Lipner

List $12, on sale for $9

Only $7.


With originals and surprising covers, Lipner floats, rings, and slams as he makes his travels.
It's a 'gentle force' which describes a lot of the best Brazilian music...While this cd stands on the
“ contemporary” side of the jazz fence, it does not have the “sterile” sound the style is often accused of
.” Jazz Improv magazine

Lipner tempers his harmonic adventurousness and rhythmic drive with just the right balance to serve the music...Exemplifies how well mallet percussion works in a variety of contemporary settings.”
Percussive Notes

Lipner is fully in command of his instruments, with improvisations that swing perfectly. His note
placement on vibes and marimba is ideal...a tight, cohesive group that performs flawlessly...

Cadence Magazine

Portraits blends World Music and Jazz in unique, ear-pleasing ways...

Welcome to MalletWorks Music!!! Leaders in keyboard percussion and jazz reside in our ever-growing catalog of literature and recordings. Here you'll find works by Arthur Lipner, Ney Rosauro, David Friedman and Dave Samuels (Double Image), Bob Mintzer, Mark Ford, Jeff Moore, Ron Brough and Chuck Tumlinson. New works for Percussion Ensemble are now available by Mike Mainieri, David Friedman, Dave Samuels and Arthur Lipner.

Check out our Ordering Info page for details on the ways that you can order from us.

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New Products

Modern Vibe

Arthur Lipner’s fifth solo project hits a bullseye. MODERN VIBE
features superb performances and a great mix of originals and covers, all delivered in impeccable audiophile sound. Lipner’s chops have never been better, with beautiful, energetic playing on each track. Supported by a cast of NYC’s finest session players - who individually have worked with Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, Sonny Rollins, Spyro Gyra and more - Lipner has created an album music lovers of many types will embrace spin after spin. Funk, authentic Brazilian, R&B all narrated by vibes and marimba... A Modern Vibe it is. And a sweet one at that.

Sticks to Latin

Sticks to LatinThe MalletWorks “Sticks To Latin” Series is eight pieces for Salsa band arranged for Percussion Ensemble. These are authentic arrangements composed of popular Afro/Cuban feels which, together, represent a sampling of popular Salsa rhythms. By purchasing the entire collection, you can be sure that your Percussion Ensemble library has this essential area of percussion covered with a group of pieces which feature sound pedagogy, authentic rhythms, and LOTS of FUN!

The Sticks To Latin CdRom features all of the arrangements performed - in their entirety - by a host of NYC musicians. These include composer/arranger Rolando Morales-Matos and session players Arthur Lipner (Vibes & Marimba) and Tommy Igoe (drums). The video portion (Mac/PC) contains over 18 minutes of Rolando demonstrating playing techniques for the Bongo Bell, Cowbell and Timbale parts of each piece. Where else can an incredible series like this be found??

Each Sticks To Latin arrangement is for between 11-14 players. But they can all be performed with as few as 3 (melody, chords and bass line).

Download a free pdf document of information relevant to the Sticks To Latin Series. This includes the recommended instrumentations for ensembles ranging from 3 players and up, plus descriptive and historical information about each of the rhythms contained in the series. Awesome!!

New from Arthur Lipner:
Some Uptown Hip-Hop Marimba Solo
Lime Juice Marimba Solo


New from Ney Rosauro:
Three Preludes
CD Recording - Concerto #2 with Percussion Ensemble

** For Rental Info Please Contact:

Joan Kiedes
MalletWorks Rentals
4 Seymour Terrace
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Phone +1.203.762.8083



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Arthur Lipner
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Ney Rosauro
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