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Tobias Gebb & Trio West: An Upper West Side Story

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Showing that its debut album Trio West Plays Holiday Songs (Yummy House, 2007) was no fluke, leader Tobias Gebb begins this album with a direct homage to Ahmad Jamal on his medley of “Poinciana/What Time Is It?" Not only does pianist Eldad Zvulun employ Jamal's idiosyncratic use of spacing but drummer Gebb is all a-chatter with Vernell Fournier-like flourishes, notably at the start and finish of this tune but also throughout the presentation. Zvulun is given another chance to shine on the bossa nova original from Gebb that follows, “Brasil Bela."

This album provides not only healthy dollops ...

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Tobias Gebb & Trio West: An Upper West Side Story

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After a 1997 Christmas recording debut, Trio West is back. This time, An Upper West Side Story features the threesome of Tobias Gebb on drums, Neal Miner on bass and Eldad Zvulun on piano, with a little help from their friends, saxophonist Joel Frahm and vocalist Champian Fulton. Trio West plays extensively on the New York jazz scene. Its members have shared the stage or studio with a wide range of artists, including Cab Calloway, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Lenny Kravitz, Joe Lovano and Larry Goldings. The group's second release is a straight-ahead offering that includes original songs, ...

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Trio West: Trio West Plays Holiday Songs

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Every year, music listeners are inundated with “new releases of Christmas music. Invariably, these celebrations include a collection of songs everyone has heard scores of times. So what sets one version of “Silent Night apart from another? The arrangement. Enter Tobias Gebb, drummer, arranger, producer and composer. Gebb, a native of the west side of Manhattan, is the leader of Trio West. His companions are Eldad Zvulun on piano and Neal Miner on bass. Trio West plays extensively on the New York jazz scene. Its members have shared the stage or studio with a wide range of ...

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Trio West: Trio West Plays Holiday Songs

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Christmas is not only a time for goodwill, it is also the time for a slew of recordings that rework the music of the season. The music has been recorded in every conceivable genre and the beat still goes on. And now, Trio West offers their version of eleven tunes.

Eldad Zvulun (piano), Tobias T. Gebb (drums) and Neal Miner (bass) are based in New York. Gebb, their leader, was born in the west side of Manhattan and, voila, there came the inspiration for their name.

The chestnuts on this record could have been roasted beyond ...

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Trio West: Trio West Plays Holiday Songs

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It isn't every new release that provides nostalgia without even playing it. Trio West's record label, Yummy House, is an exact look-alike of Columbia vinyl releases circa 1960. Without having the actual Columbia logo, this album has the same distinctive red, white and black label with the Columbia “stereo arrow" displayed. I felt like I was back in 1960 watching the platters spin and listening to The Kirby Stone Four or Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Although the group has been performing in New York since 1995, this is its premier releas0,e and the subject is strictly a holiday tunes ...

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Trio West: Trio West Plays Holiday Songs

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Leader Tobias Gebb, born and raised on the west side of Manhattan, pays homage, with his trio, to home and family on this traditional holiday album. Since 1995, Trio West has found reason to carry a straight-ahead jazz message to its New York audience year-round, with a mix of the new and of the old. Recalling the heartfelt and easy-on-the-ears musical good fortune of The Modern Jazz Quartet's John Lewis, Ahmad Jamal and Vince Guaraldi, pianist Eldad Zvulun interprets a dozen Christmas songs with comfortable assists from his band mates. Together, they put a few new twists on these classic ...



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