Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Terry Gibbs; Songs For My Father

During a stellar career spanning well over fifty years, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs clearly exhibited  his love of bebop and straight ahead jazz. This admirable two CD set illustrates with exuberance what a terrific composer Gibbs was. His son, drummer Gerry Gibbs, has assembled four groups of all-stars to joyfully present nineteen of his father’s very swinging originals. The four groups collectively include such jazz giants as pianists Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Patrice Rushen and Geoff Keezer; bassists Ron Carter, Buster Williams, and Christian McBride. For a change of pace, add Larry Goldings on organ here and there. But let it be said clearly that Terry Gibbs wrote like he played: distinct melody lines; varied tempos; superb communication; and exciting, bop-drenched improvisation. Superb straight ahead jazz still comes our way from time to time. Here is a prime example. PS: Happy Birthday wishes to Terry on his soon-to-be 97th birthday!

Whaling City; 2021; 48:12 and 48:35

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