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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher People: Our People

Read "Our People" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Our People, the twelfth album as leader by multi-instrumentalist Gerry Gibbs, is difficult to describe and even harder to pigeonhole. Is it jazz? Not really. Is it world music? Sometimes. And sometimes even other-worldly. Stream of consciousness? Perhaps, but always with a specific plan in mind. Tone poems? Only in the sense that there are times when Gibbs' helical and esoteric charts may bring poetry to mind. One thing it definitely is not is a big-band album. Despite its capacious ...

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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: Live In Studio

Read "Live In Studio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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

Read "We're Back" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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

Read "We're Back" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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

Read "Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

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

Read "Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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

Read "Thrasher Dream Trio" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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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