A Fireside Chat with Terry Gibbs
AAJ: But Med Flory's arrangements are the catalyst.
TG: When I chose the arrangers, it was like the Dream Band, I had something in mind for each arranger. I lucked out. Tom Rainer gave me the sound of a big band, which I wanted. Med Flory gave me bebop and he knows the Charlie Parker choruses.
AAJ: To name a band the Terry Gibbs Dream Band sounds awfully congratulatory, but it really was a dream band - Bob Brookmeyer, Conte Candoli, Al Cohn, Med Flory, Bill Holman, Pete Jolly, Lou Levy, Mel Lewis, and Bill Perkins.
TG: It wasn't named the Dream Band. That was the name of the first album we put out. I was against that because like you said, it sounds self-indulgent. But then the album hit all over the world and made so much noise, it became the Dream Band. And it is the only thing I can brag about. That band I can brag about because it took 16 of us to do it. Whatever I had in mind, they found it. The Dream Band is something I can brag about. Four of those CDs were audition tapes. They were just tapes I had in my house for 27 years.
AAJ: And the future?
TG: I still have that New York energy and I will never lose that. But I love living here. I really love living here. But I hardly ever play in town. I live here, but I love it.
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