Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

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Gerry Gibbs: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio
Drummer, composer and bandleader Gerry Gibbs
Gerry Gibbs
Gerry Gibbs
b.1964
drums
—son of renown vibes player and bandleader Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs
b.1924
vibraphone
—grew up playing with musical legends from jazz traditionalists such as Clark Terry
Clark Terry
Clark Terry
b.1920
trumpet
and James Moody
James Moody
James Moody
1925 - 2010
reeds
, to Gary Bartz
Gary Bartz
Gary Bartz
b.1940
sax, alto
and Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
1923 - 2011
sax, tenor
and other more adventurous conceptualists, to Parliament-Funkadelic and other artists who skirt the fringes in between. Gibbs' exceptionally dexterous work with pianists includes time spent in performance with bands led by Cedar Walton
Cedar Walton
Cedar Walton
1934 - 2013
piano
, Danilo Pérez, Kenny Kirkland
Kenny Kirkland
Kenny Kirkland
1955 - 1998
piano
and Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
b.1970
piano
. Teamed here with two extraordinary artists, bassist Ron Carter
Ron Carter
Ron Carter
b.1937
bass
and pianist Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
b.1943
piano
, their Thrasher Dream Trio collective name is self-explanatory.

Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio presents a huge piece of work, 15 tracks spanning 74 minutes that would consume a double-vinyl album set. These include four new Gibbs originals: Musical portraits of Carter ("Here Comes Ron"), pianists McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
b.1938
piano
("When I Dream") and Don Pullen
Don Pullen
Don Pullen
1941 - 1995
piano
("The Thrasher"), and Gibbs' wife ("The Woman on the Television Screen").

The considerable grasp and reach of this Dream Trio is immediately evident: Three of their first four tracks brilliantly juxtapose compositions by Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
, Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
b.1928
composer/conductor
and Hal David, and Johnny Mandel
Johnny Mandel
Johnny Mandel
b.1925
arranger
. Gibbs retains Carter's arrangement from a mid-70s recording of "Epistrophy" with Barron and Monk drummer Ben Riley
Ben Riley
Ben Riley
b.1933
drums
; Barron's improvisation scales different, new heights in this familiar song while Carter and Gibbs seem to delight in trying to tie each other in rhythmic knots. Barron's piano beautifully sings "Promises, Promises," passing Bacharach's winsome melody lightly and expertly through his fingers while Carter and Gibbs weave a dance, almost a waltz, between them. Like "Epistrophy," it subsequently opens to spotlight Carter's strident walking bass, shaded by Gibbs' brushes on snare and Barron's distant, gentle chords. Barron's piano also colors Mandel's timeless "The Shadow of Your Smile" in warm, glowing reds and cool, soft blues.

Later in the set, Gibbs programs two adventurous Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
tunes back to back. While Gibbs' playing (especially his cymbals and snare) often suggests a dance or a dancer, he arranges Hancock's frantic "The Eye of the Hurricane" to spotlight his torrid, bone-crunching breaks; the trio moves more somberly through darkness and shadow in "Tell Me a Bedtime Story."

Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio is a trio album—not only a piano trio, but a genuine unified ensemble of three equal voices—of exceptional vision, dexterity and energy.

Track Listing: Epistrophy; Promises, Promises; When I Dream; The Shadow of Your Smile; The Woman on the TV Screen; The Eye of the Hurricane; Tell Me a Bedtime Story; A Feeling; Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing; Sunshower; Here Comes Ron; Impressions; The Thrasher; Mr. Clean; The Theme.

Personnel: Gerry Gibbs: drums; Ron Carter: bass; Kenny Barron: piano.

Record Label: Whaling City Sound


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