Content by tag "Trio West"

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Tobias Gebb and Unit 7: free at last

Read "free at last" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Like a bird uncaged, drummer Tobias Gebb expresses himself without restraint on free at last, recorded with Unit 7. The collection is a mix of original songs and covers.

Gebb is a freelance musician on the New York scene. Having appeared on recordings with Lenny Kravitz and Donald Fagen, Gebb has also served as ...

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A Cool World Christmas: Carla Bley, Trio West and Wynton Marsalis

Read "A Cool World Christmas: Carla Bley, Trio West and Wynton Marsalis" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It is easy to be cynical about holiday music. On the mainstream popular music front, these releases are often nakedly commercial, marketed with a fixed (and very large) target population in mind. And a good many of such recordings are truly bad. In the run up to Christmas 2009, the marketplace is clotted with a legion ...

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Tobias Gebb & Trio West: An Upper West Side Story

Read "An Upper West Side Story" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Showing that its debut album Trio West Plays Holiday Songs (Yummy House, 2007) was no fluke, leader Tobias Gebb begins this album with a direct homage to Ahmad Jamal on his medley of “Poinciana/What Time Is It?" Not only does pianist Eldad Zvulun employ Jamal's idiosyncratic use of spacing but drummer Gebb is all a-chatter with ...

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Tobias Gebb & Trio West: An Upper West Side Story

Read "An Upper West Side Story" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

After a 1997 Christmas recording debut, Trio West is back. This time, An Upper West Side Story features the threesome of Tobias Gebb on drums, Neal Miner on bass and Eldad Zvulun on piano, with a little help from their friends, saxophonist Joel Frahm and vocalist Champian Fulton.

Trio West plays extensively on the ...

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Trio West: Trio West Plays Holiday Songs

Read "Trio West Plays Holiday Songs" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Every year, music listeners are inundated with “new releases of Christmas music. Invariably, these celebrations include a collection of songs everyone has heard scores of times. So what sets one version of “Silent Night apart from another? The arrangement.

Enter Tobias Gebb, drummer, arranger, producer and composer. Gebb, a native of the west ...

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Trio West: Trio West Plays Holiday Songs

Read "Trio West Plays Holiday Songs" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Christmas is not only a time for goodwill, it is also the time for a slew of recordings that rework the music of the season. The music has been recorded in every conceivable genre and the beat still goes on. And now, Trio West offers their version of eleven tunes.

Eldad Zvulun (piano), Tobias ...

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Trio West: Trio West Plays Holiday Songs

Read "Trio West Plays Holiday Songs" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

It isn't every new release that provides nostalgia without even playing it. Trio West's record label, Yummy House, is an exact look-alike of Columbia vinyl releases circa 1960. Without having the actual Columbia logo, this album has the same distinctive red, white and black label with the Columbia “stereo arrow" displayed. I felt like I was ...

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Trio West: Trio West Plays Holiday Songs

Read "Trio West Plays Holiday Songs" reviewed by Jim Santella

Leader Tobias Gebb, born and raised on the west side of Manhattan, pays homage, with his trio, to home and family on this traditional holiday album. Since 1995, Trio West has found reason to carry a straight-ahead jazz message to its New York audience year-round, with a mix of the new and of the old. Recalling ...