Terry Gibbs (vib), Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Nick Travis, Don Elliott (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Urbie Green, Tom Mitchell (tb), Sam Marowitz, Hal McKusick, Al Cohn, Frank Socolow (saxes), Terry Pollard (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b), Osie Johnson (d)
Reference: FSRCD 2244
Bar code: 8427328622448
Although Terry Gibbs had been heard previously in a variety of moods, and mostly fronting his own quartet, he appeared here for the first time in a setting no less ideally suited for hima big, swinging band. In many ways it was the most exciting yet. Nothing but the best was good enough for Terry on an occasion like this, and the best meant New Yorks finest arranging talent as well as a troupe of sidemen capable of doing the utmost justice to the excellent scores, filled with overtones of Basie and Herman.
On the second half of this CD we Terry is in a more familiar context, leading a fine quartet on a tasteful session far more substantial than a simple blowing date. There is, first, the superb material Ellingtons timeless creationsand, secondly, the surprise of Jollys fluent accordion, sensitive accompaniment and flowing modern jazz conception. Thirdly, there is the rock-steady, funky rhythm team of Vinnegar and Frommer. Finally, there is Gibbs volatile, unceasingly driving vibes, xylophone and marimba.
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