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The most unusual aspect to this Terry Gibbs quartet date (which was recorded live at the 1994 Floating Jazz Festival on board the S.S. Norway) is that seven of the nine selections are originals by the vibraphonist-leader. Of these, the most memorable are "Play That Song" (which has a catchy rhythm enthusiastically played by Terry's son Gerry on drums), "Penthouse Groove" (a hard-swinger that lets pianist Uri Caine show off his Oscar Peterson influence), the strong melody of "Sweet Young Song Of Love" and the medium-tempo blues "The Fat Man" which inspires Terry Gibbs' most exciting playing. Also in the "cooking" category are the quartet's renditions of Artie Shaw's "Moon Ray" (the clarinetist's most famous original) and "Limehouse Blues." It does seem a bit odd how the theme of "The Beautiful People" is very similar to "What's New" but that is the only real fault to this swinging set. Gibbs and Caine blend together well while never getting in each other's way while bassist Boris Koslo and drummer Gerry Gibbs are excellent in support. Recommended.


Born: 13 October 1924 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most hyper of all jazzmen (even his ballads are taken mostly double time), Terry Gibbs is a consistently exciting and competitive vibraphonist. As a xylophonist, he won an amateur contest when he was 12. After spending three years in the military during World War II, Gibbs played on 52nd Street, gigged with Tommy Dorsey (1946 and 1948), Chubby Jackson (touring Scandinavia during 1947-1948), Buddy Rich (1948), Woody Herman's Second Herd (1948-1949), and Benny Goodman (1950-1952). Gibbs...
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