196

Tobias Gebb & Trio West: An Upper West Side Story

Woodrow Wilkins By

Sign in to view read count
Tobias Gebb & Trio West: An Upper West Side Story 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, jazz standards and other selections. The laid-back introduction to "Poinciana, What Time Is It?" is a bit misleading, for the song quickly gains speed with Gebb and Miner engaging in a happy-go-lucky background stroll as Zvulun takes the lead, the pace changing here and there as the song moves along. Gebb's work on the cymbals and snare stand out, and so does Miner's bass, though the piano is clearly the leading instrument.

"The Barnyard," one of four songs composed by Gebb, brings in Frahm on tenor sax. This track is aptly titled, as the music sets to mind the vision of strutting roosters, wallowing pigs and small children playing with them. It's a fun, energetic tune.

Fulton joins Trio West and Frahm for "Autumn Serenade." This charming arrangement of the standard is highlighted by Fulton's soft, alto-flute voice and Frahm's tenor solo. Though faintly in the background, Trio West isn't obscured by their presence. On the contrary, all three instruments are felt, making for a well-balanced rendition. Fulton and Frahm appear again on the delightfully romantic "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," in which the vocalist also shows her scatting ability in a call-and-response sequence with Frahm. After a fast pace for most of the composition, the ensemble downshifts to a swing mode toward the end.

Whether alone as a threesome or accompanied, Trio West delivers. An Upper West Side Story—a double entendre that pays homage to the popular musical while recognizing New York's Upper West Side—is nearly an hour's worth of fulfillment and satisfaction.

Track Listing: Poinciana, What Time Is It?; Brasil Bela; The Barnyard; Star-Crossed Lovers; Autumn Serenade; Cute; Wil O'the Wisp; What a Little Moonlight Can Do; Two by Two; How Deep Is the Ocean; The Monument (Soldiers and Sailors); And I Love Her.

Personnel: Tobias Gebb: drummer, composer, arranger; Neal Miner: bass; Eldad Zvulun: piano; Joel Frahm: tenor saxophone (3, 5, 8, 12); Champian Fulton: vocals (3, 8).

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Yummyhouse Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Pathways CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Landing CD/LP/Track Review Landing
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Words And Music CD/LP/Track Review Words And Music
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Faces CD/LP/Track Review Faces
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Nor Sea, nor Land, nor Salty Waves CD/LP/Track Review Nor Sea, nor Land, nor Salty Waves
by Duncan Heining
Published: April 30, 2017
Read Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite CD/LP/Track Review Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 29, 2017
Read "More Figs And Blue Things" CD/LP/Track Review More Figs And Blue Things
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 3, 2016
Read "IZA" CD/LP/Track Review IZA
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 17, 2017
Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" CD/LP/Track Review Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 13, 2016
Read "Ljubljana" CD/LP/Track Review Ljubljana
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 6, 2017
Read "One For Cisco" CD/LP/Track Review One For Cisco
by John Sharpe
Published: May 26, 2016
Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" CD/LP/Track Review Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!