Terry Gibbs: From Me To You: A Tribute To Lionel Hampton (2004)
There are exceptions, however. Those come when an artist has a deep personal tie to the music of a peer or predecessor, when he or she has been touched by the other’s music and is moved by more than potential CD sales to offer testimony to that inspiration.
Terry Gibbs’ From Me to You, an album in honor of the late Lionel Hampton, is one of those exceptions, a joyful tribute from one vibes master to another.
Fifteen years Hampton’s junior, Gibbs (now a spry 79) came of musical age listening to Hamp and, more than six decades later, still considers him his most important influence, extending beyond their shared instrument to a general sense of delight in making music that’s missing from many of their followers.
Though Gibbs moved in more of a bop direction than swing mainstay Hampton, he sticks here to standards associated with his mentor and originals that fit the Hampton mold. Along with a fine ensemble of West Coast players (including tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, pianist Mike Melvoin, guitarist Anthony Wilson and hotshot organist Joey DeFrancesco), Gibbs romps through Hamp classics like “Flying Home,” “Red Top” and “Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop” with a zeal (and skill) sure to make Hamp proud. He even turns in some impressive two-finger piano solos (a Hamp trademark) on “Two-Finger Boogie Shuffle,” and offers rare, novelty-style vocals on four tracks—which is about three too many, but why curb the man’s enthusiasm on what’s clearly a heartfelt and festive occasion.
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This review originally appeared in AllAboutJazz-New York .
Track Listing: 1. Midnight Sun 2. Blues for Hamp 3. Ring Dem Bells 4. Moonglow 5. Gates Got Rhythm 6. On the Sunny Side of the Street 7. From Me to You 8. Red Top 9. Evil Gal Blues 10. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop 11. Two-Finger Boogie Shuffle 12. The World is Waiting for the Sunrise 13. Star Dust 14. Flying Home
Personnel: Terry Gibbs - Vibes, Dave Carpenter - Bass, Michael Melvoin - Piano, Joey DeFrancesco - Organ, Anthony Wilson - Guitar, Jeff Hamilton - Drums, Barbara Morrison, Terry Gibbs - Vocals.
Record Label: Mack Avenue Records