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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: Live In Studio

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Drummer Gerry Gibbs has been living a recurring dream with slight variations for the past few years. In December of 2012, he laid down tracks with two of his idols--the legendary Ron Carter and the estimable Kenny Barron--and dubbed their group the Thrasher Dream Trio. The eponymous debut from that band, featuring fifteen tracks recorded at those sessions, was, not surprisingly, a strong and classy affair filled with standards, some originals, and other jazz-friendly fare, such as Stevie Wonder's “Don't ...

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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: We're Back

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We're Back --a brief title that offers a tantalizing preview: an encore by drummer Gerry Gibbs and his all-star Thrasher Dream Trio (Ron Carter, bass; Kenny Barron, piano). This second time around, however, there are special guests--vibraphonist Warren Wolf, organist Larry Goldings, saxophonist Steve Wilson--and a menu that consists almost entirely of classic R&B and soul tunes from the 1960s and '70s. If you've been wondering how, say, Stevie Wonder's pop music would adapt to a contemporary ...

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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: We're Back

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Drummer Gerry Gibbs must be in a “strike while the iron is hot" mode. Less than a year after his very successful Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio (Whaling City Sound, 2013), featuring Ron Carter on bass and Kenny Barron on piano, he has reconvened with those jazz legends for a second go around. This time, with We're Back, the trio moves away from the jazz standard format and goes after some of the classic R& B hits from the 60s ...

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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

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Drummer, composer and bandleader Gerry Gibbs--son of renown vibes player and bandleader Terry Gibbs--grew up playing with musical legends from jazz traditionalists such as Clark Terry and James Moody, to Gary Bartz and Sam Rivers and other more adventurous conceptualists, to Parliament-Funkadelic and other artists who skirt the fringes in between. Gibbs' exceptionally dexterous work with pianists includes time spent in performance with bands led by Cedar Walton, Danilo Pérez, Kenny Kirkland and Brad Mehldau. Teamed here with two extraordinary ...

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Kenny Barron/Gerry Gibbs/Ron Carter: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

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When drummer Gerry “The Thrasher" Gibbs was a youngster, growing up in California in the '70s, he idolized bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron. Of course, neither man played his instrument of choice, but he recognized the greatness that emanated from both players and he viewed them as exemplars of what's right and good in jazz. He sought out and savored every album that he could find that each man appeared on and dreamt of playing with them; that ...

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Gerry Gibbs: Thrasher Dream Trio

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A trio that clings together and swings together. Drummer Gerry Gibbs calls this a “dream trio," a description that seems as appropriate as any. Surely, having pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Ron Carter as teammates must seem like a dream come true for any timekeeper. To summarize the point clearly, Barron and Carter are quite simply two of the best at what they do. And as for Gibbs, the new kid on the block, he's more than happy to be ...

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Kenny Barron/Gerry Gibbs/Ron Carter: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

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Drummer Gerry Gibbs calls this band the Thrasher Dream Trio. That “Thrasher" aspect of the appellation might make the uninitiated conjure images of burly tattooed guys in sleeveless shirts, sporting long black hair--and maybe facial make-up--slamming their instruments in the heavy metal bass/drums/guitar mode. But this couldn't be further from the music at hand. Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio teams two seasoned jazz veterans--legends, really: bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron--with relative newcomer Gibbs, on an energized set of ...

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Gerry Gibbs: Gerry Gibbs & the Electric Thrasher Orchestra Play the Music of Miles Davis 1967-1975

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Among other callings, drummer/percussionist and bandleader Gerry Gibbs serves as occasional “aural historian" of the mercurial music of Miles Davis. Gibbs' most recent tribute to one of the most controversial and notorious segments of Davis' career--fusion explorations that began to expand jazz with Nefertitti (Columbia) in 1967 and continued to stretch past even its most elastic points with Get Up With It nearly a decade later--honors Davis' artistic spirit, approach, and some of his most electrifying music.Plays The ...


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