by Jack Bowers
"92 Years Young." Sometimes that's an exaggeration. On the other hand, when applied to vibraphonist Terry Gibbs it may well be an understatement. Gibbs was indeed a mere six months shy of his ninety-second birthday when Jammin' at the Gibbs House" was recorded in his living room in April 2016. Close your eyes, however, and it's the 1940s again, and Gibbs is jammin' with Woody Herman's Second Herd, or the '50s, and he's presiding over his high-powered Dream Band in ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
For a brief moment, put aside the fact that legendary vibraphonist Terry Gibbs is now ninety-two years old. Just listen to the YouTube video at the bottom of this piece--lyrical, swinging, and vibrant as any jazz out there--and take it in. It's something beautiful, right? Nothing radical or groundbreaking at all, but most certainly jazz of the highest order. Now, go back to Gibbs' age. At ninety-two, he's at a point where most of his peers are either gone from ...read more
by Samuel Chell
This eponymous album, made in 1954 for Mercury's EmArcy label, was Terry Gibbs' first recording under his own name and established him as the wild man of the vibes" (he still is!). The nine tunes are a combination of Gibbs originals and swing era-classics, with only one ballad (Jimmy Van Heusen's Imagination") to give the listener a chance to catch his breath before the next onslaught of all-out swing.
Gibbs' musical roots are more in the ...read more
by Jason Crane
ASCAP, one of the organizations that safeguards performers' and composers' rights, announced that it will add Terry Gibbs to its Jazz Wall of Fame in a ceremony on June 1 at Lincoln Center. Gibbs is already recognized as an ASCAP Jazz Living Legend for a career that spans the bebop era to the present day. In honor of Gibbs' award, The Jazz Session presents a 2004 interview with Terry Gibbs recorded after the release of his album 52nd & Broadway: ...read more
by Jack Bowers
Terry Gibbs, who has been Findin' the Groove for more than sixty years and continues to home in on it at the post-retirement age of 81 (82 on October 13), shares the front line with master flutist Hubert Laws on his latest album, which, in typical Gibbs fashion, swings relentlessly in a bop-centered groove from first note to last.
The vibes/flute tandem proves remarkably successful, especially when supported by a savvy rhythm section anchored by Terry's son, Gerry, at the ...read more
by Stephen Latessa
After a while you learn there are very few sure things in this world. The team with the highest payroll and all-stars manning every position does not win the World Series every year. In fact, sometimes teams comprised of players who can be charitably described as nobodies even sweep them. Like they say, that's why you play the game.
On paper, Terry Gibbs' Feelin' Good looks like a can't miss proposition. Featuring an assortment of great players, including ...read more
by AAJ Staff
There is the old adage, Practice makes perfect." And having been road tested for 68 years, Terry Gibbs is in effect perfect. Jazz vocabulary is contingent on experience, and Gibbs has plenty of stories to tell. He narrates an account of the golden age of jazz" with 52nd & Broadway: Songs of the Bebop Era and it is a fascinating tale indeed.
All About Jazz: Let's start from the beginning.
Terry Gibbs: I come from a musical family. My brother ...read more