“Playing & recording with Gerry Gibbs has been such an honor.
To be able to record 70’s soul music,that my father played around the house
when I was a kid is awesome.”Betcha By Golly Wow” is such a beautiful tune.
The first time i heard the song was a version by Prince.The I decided to check
the original by The Stylistics and I loved the song ever since.
Gerry had the bright mind to bring together master musicians in Steve Wilson,
Larry Goldings, Kenny Barron and Ron Carter.”This is one album that”ll
be sure to rock the house”.
They’re Back !
Two of the great masters of American classical music join the dynamic
and pulsating artist Gerry Gibbs in their wonderful follow-up CD to last years
marvelously received album, Gerry Gibbs ‘ Thrasher Dream Trio. This time
around they bring their gifts to some beloved classic songs from the world of
rhythm and blues as well as the world of rock. Yes Folks they’re back !
Along with three highly regarded music makers,vibraphonist Warren Wolf,
B-3 organist Larry Goldings,and alto-saxophonist Steve Wilson, We’re Back”
offers a delectable serving of song interpretation,many of them, personal
favorites of mine. Gerry provided his own arrangements to these popular
songs,as if they were standards.from the “Great American Songbook”.
He is a man who grew up in a rich musical environment, mostly due
to his father,the masterful vibraphonist Terry Gibbs.His insatiable appetite
for the good song and the good band,acquired not only his fathers expression,
but also of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, entered into his being.Gerry devours music
like few ever do.The love of the music of various origins,along with his special
gifts brought him to be the wonderful and unique musician/drummer he is today.
He more than ‘plays’ the various styles, he truly owns them. This is a beautiful
collection in which Ron and Kenny once again strike an unforgettable musical bond
with Gerry. “We’re Back” is big fun.
Regarding the songs:
These songs were all arranged by the fantastic Gerry Gibbs, and among the 15
selections I honed in on some of them in an even more special way.
“Too High” by Stevie Wonder, a perfect vehicle for the three dynamos, Mr Gibbs,
Mr Carter, and Mr Barron.
“Where is the Love” in which they lovingly interpret Roberta Flack’s hit song
of the 70’s “Betcha By Golly Wow”Gerry,like I do,so loved the Norman Conner’s
version of the O’Jays classic, arranged by Onaje Allen Gumbs,sung incredibly by
my own sister in law (the phenomenal) Phyllis Hyman. When I heard Kenny
apply his beautiful touch to this song,my heart skipped a beat. All I could say
was “WOW”.My Cherie Amour”is another Stevie Classic and a wonderful platform
for improvisation, especially any player who appreciates what I call the “love harmonies”.
I vividly remember playing this song nightly for two weeks with the great masters
Milt Jackson and Ray Brown in the summer of 1970 at Shelly’s Manhole in Los Angeles.
The “Thrasher Dream Trio” is indeed a very special project.
Led by drummer,composer,arranger,bandleader, Gerry Gibbs
it includes supremely legendary bassist Ron Carter and incredible
pianist Kenny Barron. The concept of remaking R&B jams to classic
jazz has typically left me cold but Gerry’s arrangements are truly a
schematic for these jazz giants to create their magic. The harmonies
are fresh,the rhythms captivating,the melodies compelling and the
swinging undeniable. Saxophonist Steve Wilson,Organist Larry Goldings
and Vibist Warren Wolf guest on this project adding incredible color and
fantastic solos.This is a must CD for serious jazz aficionados
and novice jazz listeners as well. Bravo Gerry,I love it !
“We’re Back” is a wonderful acknowledgment
Gerry Gibbs drum artistry, as he performs with two
of the greatest musicians of our time, NEA Jazz
Masters, Ron Carter and Kenny Barron, who join with
Gerry to celebrate and explore The Motown Songbook
I’m sure this recording will touch a lot of folks!
Gerry Gibbs has put together another fun and swinging session
with a new spin on some of the best R&B classics of the day.
This recording will capture you from start to finish. Enjoy!