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Tobias Gebb & Unit 7: free at last

Read "free at last" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Tobias Gebb's prodigious talents as a composer, arranger, bandleader, and drummer run throughout the admirable free at last. A positive, good-natured quality pervades the project. Despite the disc's eight tracks being relatively short, each is substantial and complete unto itself.



Gebb writes distinctive melodies, clothes them in a variety of forms, and ...

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Tobias Gebb & Unit 7: free at last

Read "free at last" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

On free at last, drummer Tobias Gebb shows great depth and maturity as a composer and arranger. This recording is a balanced mix of originals and standards, from various musical genres, combined to produce rich sounds and vibrant colors.

Veteran altoist Bobby Watson and young tenor lion Stacy Dillard take star turns on the ...

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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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Tobias Gebb & Unit 7: free at last

Read "free at last" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New York-based drummer Tobias Gebb assembled a stellar cast for free at last. The format of Unit 7 follows the instrumentation tradition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The three-horn frontline and three-man rhythm section allows this group to sound bigger than it is at times, while also having the flexibility to make things more intimate. Gebb ...

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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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An Upper West Side Story: Tobias Gebb & Trio West

Read "Tobias Gebb & Trio West" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

After an acclaimed and successful outing with their debut CD Trio West Plays Holiday Songs (Yummy House Records, 2006), Trio West is back with An Upper Westside Story, a recording that should bring them up front and center once again. Tobias Gebb (drummer, composer, arranger) has a knack for stimulating the progression of through-composed pieces with ...

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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 ...