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Terry Gibbs: 92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House

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"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 ...

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Terry Gibbs: 92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House

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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 ...

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Terry Gibbs: Terry Gibbs Quartet Featuring Terry Pollard

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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 ...

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Terry Gibbs: Bebop Living Legend

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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: ...

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Terry Gibbs: Findin' the Groove

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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 ...

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Terry Gibbs: Feelin' Good: Live In The Studio

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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 ...

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A Fireside Chat with Terry Gibbs

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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 ...

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Terry Gibbs: 52nd & Broadway: Songs Of The Bebop Era

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Vibraphonist Terry Gibbs is a second-generation bebopper. Too young to have participated in the ground-breaking experiments at Minton's and Monroe's, he first came to prominence with Woody Herman at the end of the 1940's. But bebop is in his blood; it's his life. 52nd & Broadway, with its vintage bop tunes and their treatment by a string orchestra, celebrates that life.

Gibbs is 80, and he defies his age. His playing here is fluid and lithe, pulsating with his trademark ...

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Terry Gibbs: 52nd & Broadway: Songs of the Bebop Era

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Yes, it is 2004, but vibraphonist Terry Gibbs doesn't know that, and it is difficult to discern any difference between his playing today and forty years ago. When you're eighty years of age and working with two mallets, the motor neurons have a tendency to slow you down, but that certainly is not apparent here. On his 65th album, Gibbs is full of the lively spirit that has been a trademark; and if you recall him trading vibes choruses with ...

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Terry Gibbs: 52nd And Broadway: Songs Of The Bebop Era

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It's albums like this that make certain people rant about the “good ol' days."

Vibraphonist Terry Gibbs incredibly still sounds lively and fresh on his 65th album, 52nd And Broadway: Songs Of The Bebop Era , frequently giving new tempos and arrangements to standards from the period. But this isn't modern music with a bebop accent, it's the real deal with a healthy dose of modern spice.

I put this in the CD player without looking ...

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Terry Gibbs: From Me To You: A Tribute To Lionel Hampton

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Tribute albums, by and large, have become a cheap marketing ploy for unimaginative record companies and artists looking to cash in on the legacy of more popular performers and to appeal to what they assume is a public uninterested in hearing challenging or original material. Just look at the way-too-many releases “honoring,” say, Miles or Duke. Of course they’re worthy of tribute, but not necessarily an entire album’s worth by every artist on the block, most with nothing special to ...

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Terry Gibbs: From Me To You: A Tribute To Lionel Hampton

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“No one wants to see a short Jew singing love songs—unless you’re Al Jolson. But rhythm songs? So long as you have a good time it’s OK.” —Terry Gibbs

Trust me, it’s more than just OK and you will have a good time, as vibraphone master Terry Gibbs sings, swings, and generally carouses his way through this tribute to Lionel Hampton. Featuring many of the classic songs usually associated with the late great King of the Vibes, including “Midnight Sun,” ...


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