The Terry Gibbs Quartet, Featuring Pat Moran (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Verve V6-8447
    Verve V6-8447
  • Verve V6-8496
    Verve V6-8496
  • Pat Moran
    Pat Moran
  • Terry Gibbs
    Terry Gibbs

Terry Gibbs

The Terry Gibbs Quartet, Featuring Pat Moran (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Terry Gibbs (vib), Pat Moran (p, org), Jimmy Bond, Max Bennett, John Doling (b), Gary Frommer, Mike Moreno (d)

Reference: FSRCD 991

Bar code: 8427328609913

To appear in the many places that couldn’t house and/or afford his wondrous big Dream Band, bandleader Terry Gibbs put together a number of quartets over the years. His enthusiasm and the gloriously swinging sounds heard on these two albums —“That Swing Thing!” and “Straight Ahead”— were recorded in Los Angeles in 1962 in a series of in-person performances at Shelly’s Manne-Hole, and in a session at Radio Recorders studios.

You can tell from the opening vibraphone bell that Terry loved to swing, and from his constant exhortations within eye and ear shot that he wanted everybody —including those in his own group— to know it.

The result was an uncluttered string of performances that give Gibbs and pianist Pat Moran ample room to solo. Her piano is an enlivening factor in both groups, and she even tries her hand at the electric organ on a couple of tracks. Both rhythm sections work well together, in a tasteful display of skill and vitality.


01. Let My People Blow (Terry Gibbs) 6:41
02. Moanin’ (Bobby Timmons) 7:59
03. Stella by Starlight (Young-Washington) 6:05
04. Three Blind Mice (Terry Gibbs) 5:18
05. Blue Wednesday (Terry Gibbs) 5:23
06. Mannehole March (Terry Gibbs) 6:49
07. Hey Jim (Terry Gibbs) 4:57
08. On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper-Washington) 6:17
09. Memories of You (Blake-Razaf) 4:37
10. Hippie Twist (Terry Gibbs) 2:31
11. You Go to My Head (Coots-Gillespie) 6:32
12. For Keeps (Terry & Donna Gibbs) 7:07
13. C.C. Blues (Terry Gibbs) 7:20

Album details

Tracks #1-6, from “That Swing Thing!” (Verve V6-8447)
Tracks #7-13, from “Straight Ahead” (Verve V6-8496)

Personnel on “That Swing Thing!”:
Terry Gibbs, vibes; Pat Moran, piano; Jimmy Bond, bass; Gary Frommer, drums.
Recorded live at Shelly’s Manne-Hole Los Angeles, April 5 & 8, 1961

Personnel on “Straight Ahead”:
Terry Gibbs, vibes; Pat Moran, piano & organ (#10, 13); Max Bennett or John Doling (#8, 9, 10, 11), bass; Mike Romero, drums.
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles January 30, 1962

Sound Engineers: Wally Heider (#1-6), Ralph Valentin & Val Valentin (#7-13)
New liner notes by Jordi Pujol, Terry Gibbs & Pat Moran
Original liner notes: George T. Simon & Don Gold
Verve cover photos: Burt Goldblatt / Jim Marshall

Original recordings produced by Jim Davis
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Special thanks to Terry Gibbs and Pat Moran

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"Vibist Terry Gibbs, born in 1924, is the last living musician to have played during the Swing Era, having been with Woody Herman’s world famous Second Herd and teamed up with famed clarinetists Benny Goodman and Buddy DeFranco between stints of his own small and large ensembles. This collection of two lps on one cd find him playing during the Kennedy years with Pat Moran on  piano and organ, once in a concert setting at the famous Shelly’s Manne-Hole in LA, and th other in an LA studio on 1962. If you want some fun swing, here’s your chance!

Gibbs and Moran are supported by bassist Bond, Jimmy Bond, and drummer Gary Frommer during the April, 61 gig. The rhythm team sizzles and  charges like a stamped on “Let My People Blow” and bop till they drop on  an enthusiastic “Stella By Starlight”. Bond shakes, not stirs, his bass as he’s featured on a double timed “Three Blind Mice” and Moran turns the club into a late night saloon on “Blue Wednesday” before Frommer’s guide of drumsticks gives a backbeat to the bluesy “Mannehole March”. The joint was jumpin’!

The ’62 studio session has Max Bennett-John Doling/ b and Mike Romero/dr rounding out the team, with Moran on the organ for a kiztchy pop piece “Hippie Twist” and a splashy “C.C. Blues” that has Bennett slinking along with Gibbs.  The leader is rich in his interplay with the pianist on  a gorgeous “You Go To My Head” and they sway on a richly chorded “On Green Dolphin Street” with Romero brushing up the sidewalk. Timeless swing for the ages."

George W. Harris (May 28, 2020)


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