Gerard Gibbs & ORGANized Crime: To Be Or Not To B-3 (2002)
Unnatural and nearly lifeless, the vocal ensemble samples stand out in opposition to what Gibbs is trying to communicate here. Instead of a natural, organ combo swing, the unit is restrained in places with the stutter-step of sampled voices. Elsewhere, Gibbs swings hard and turns on the burners. Tributes to Groove Holmes and Bill Heid work well in this context. An innovator who swings hard, Gibbs has created an uneven session. The program closes with a lovely arrangement of "A Time to Remember" that allows plenty of space for choice improvisation by each trio member. To Be Or Not To B-3 shows clear signs of better days ahead for ORGANized Crime.
Track Listing: Let's Go; Record ? Me; I'll Remember April; Killer Joe; Off the Top; "Heid" & Seek; Lately; A Time to Remember.
Personnel: Gerard Gibbs- organ; Perry Hughes- guitar; Brother Jabari- drums, percussion.