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Interview

Michael Gibbs: Still Pushing The Envelope

Read "Michael Gibbs: Still Pushing The Envelope" reviewed by Ian Patterson


In a career spanning well over fifty years, veteran composer/arranger Michael Gibbs has chalked up a truly impressive range of credits, from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Jaco Pastorius, from Gary Burton to John Scofield and from Kenny Wheeler to Norma Winstone. The Zimbabwe-born maestro has worked with the very best jazz musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, but his expertise is by no means restricted to that field. In an extremely diverse career Gibbs has also collaborated with the likes ...

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Multiple Reviews

Michael Gibbs & The NDR Big Band: Play a Bill Frisell Set List / In My View

Read "Michael Gibbs & The NDR Big Band: Play a Bill Frisell Set List / In My View" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Though his recording career dates back to the early 1960s, Zimbabwe-born arranger, composer and musician Michael Gibbs hasn't always been as prolific as a leader as he might have been. Five albums in the first half the 1970 represented his most industrious period of creativity, as teaching, television and film work and arranging for a surprisingly wide range of artists--from Marianne Faithful to Joni Mitchell and from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Pat Metheny--absorbed much of his time over the next three ...

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Album Review

Michael Gibbs & The NDR Bigband: Play A Bill Frisell Set List

Read "Play A Bill Frisell Set List" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Guitarist Bill Frisell probably never had a preconceived notion that he'd one day record with famed British arranger, conductor and composer, Michael Gibbs after taking several of his classes as a student at Berklee College of Music back in 1975. Thus, Gibbs and the legendary NDR Bigband instill a symbiotic musical relationship throughout this cunningly envisioned game-plan, where Gibbs' arrangements encapsulate and boost a Frisell set list by conveying a bilateral succession of prismatic tonal contrasts. Moreover, in- demand American ...

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Extended Analysis

Michael Gibbs and the NDR Bigband: Back in the Days

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Michael Gibbs and the NDR BigbandBack in the DaysCuneiform Records2012Jazz may be filled with reharmonizations, reinventions and reimaginings of songs from across its entire history; few artists have, however, made their names solely as composers and arrangers. Relative youngsters like Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza and Darcy James Argue have successfully shaped careers focused exclusively on the other side of the performance table, but when it comes to legacy artists, the name Gil ...


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