Love the vibes of the vibes. Not strictly-and-only a percussion instrument, it's been in jazz use since the '30's but per the Wiki, has been successfully used in Classical mode since then too.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibraphone
We start with Lionel Hampton because we have to--he's the first important player--the master. Hated his politics, loved his playing--the story goes, he started on the vibes almost by accident and was known for sub-vocalizing with his playing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Hampton His discog runs for days, most of it good and some, outstanding--I particularly like his '55 piece with Stan Getz (an unlikely pairing of styles that works). There's also a couple of DVDs from the classic era: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/lione...50/discography
Some tunes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_rTICMVXQQ << His playing style is influenced by the fact that he started as a drummer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTEM3MQsg1M << I love this on 3 levels: music lover (natch) but also postal retiree and former stamp collector...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV42mm__AI0 << Not as successful but he gave it an honest shot
BONUS #1: That '55 album complete: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdK145P50mE
BONUS #2: Full Golden Years concert--they tore it up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hujVbRnpLJE