Dick Dale, Joe Louis Walker, Bill Sims Jr. & The Harriet Tubman Double Trio
On another night, a reaction could have been different. Having just arrived from a more brutally cathartic bout of revelatory bedlam (a Ben Gerstein large ensemble gig at Roulette), it was absolutely appropriate and desirable to bathe in the Double Trio's aural slipstream. It's possible that other audience members, with different (and quieter) earlier experiences might have found it harder to let themselves float. This was sound that was very open to interpretation, and personal response. Relaxation and concentration were required. "Don't be a slave to anything," instructed Gibbs, in closing, reflecting the experience of the band's heroine namesake. Freedom in improvisation was stretched into further realms.