Songs From My Father / Gerry Gibbs
"Songs From My Father" is the much-anticipated new album from renowned musical polymath Gerry Gibbs. On his thirteenth release as a leader, drummer-percussionist-bandleader-arranger Gibbs presents a smashing double-disc masterwork featuring four iterations of his acclaimed Thrasher Dream Trio. Under his astute direction, Gibbs and his band of jazz titans pay homage to the musical legacy of Gerry's now 97-year-old father, Terry Gibbs. To honor Terry, one of the last living architects of bebop and innovators of the vibraphone, Gerry selected 18 tunes from his father’s vast discography and interpreted the timeless material through his own refined compositional lens with inventive, modern arrangements. In the throes of a global pandemic, Gibbs then went on a nationwide trek to capture recordings of himself alongside a long list of his friends and collaborators – the finest improvisors of our time. Notably, "Songs From My Father" features the last recorded performance of the great Chick Corea, and includes one of Chick's tunes composed specifically for this project. With Gibbs in the drum chair, his Thrasher Dream Trios include Chick Corea and Ron Carter, Kenny Barron and Buster Williams, Patrice Rushen and Larry Goldings, and Geoff Keezer and Christian McBride. With this monumental new recording, Gerry Gibbs cements his standing as one of the most creative and forward-thinking musicians on the contemporary jazz scene.
The music is swinging and compelling, one of the rare albums where each piece is a keeper. From the opening "Kick Those Feet" to the "Tango for Terry" the sound is absolutely superb. Songs from My Father is truly a remarkable album by a remarkable cast of musicians in honor of a remarkable vibraphonist. A desert island selection for sure.
A spectacular standout is Gerry Gibbs' 'Hey Chick', an ingenious Corea-homage adaptation of his father's 'Hey Jim' splicing not only solos from the members of all four trios but a nimble, gleaming, and seamlessly embedded Terry Gibbs vibes break from the maestro's 1961 recording of the original. Songs From My Father is not only an awesome 97th birthday present, but an astonishing technical and musical feat.
-- Jazzwise (UK)
Release Date: August 20, 2021
Catalog Number: WCS131
Label: Whaling City
Number of Discs: 2
Orchestra/Ensemble: Thrasher Dream Trios
Performer: Gerry Gibbs