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miércoles, 28 de marzo de 2018

Terry Gibbs • Findin' The Groove



Recording prolifically in the first years of the 21st century, the octogenarian Terry Gibbs still delivers the fastest vibes in the West on this aptly named 2006 release Findin' the Groove. No tributes or concepts based on the past this time -- just straight-ahead, likeable, hard swinging workouts from a sextet that features the great flutist Hubert Laws on its front line. Gibbs and Laws had only played together once before -- when Laws sat in on piccolo unexpectedly on a Gibbs gig at Steamers in Fullerton, CA not long before this session. Yet they make a very graceful pair, their sound dancing with feather-light agility over the rhythm section, giving this ad hoc yet tight little band a special sound all its own. Laws isn't as visible on the recording scene these days as he once was -- and from hearing his sterling, swinging style and huge, golden tone on this date, you can't figure out why this should be so. Another big factor in this session's lightly shaded color scheme is Terry's drummer, son Gerry Gibbs, who propels the selections with the relentless yet never overbearing energy of his father. Terry wrote about half of the material, all of it appealing, including some journeys into samba "Samba Wazoo" and wistful bossa nova ("The House That Might Have Been, " with vocals by Joan Carroll). Amidst all of the up-tempo swingers, "Teach Me Tonight" is a relaxed breather in context, though these thoroughbreds seem reined in, just dying to gallop again. Alas, Jimmy Giuffre's irresistible "Four Brothers" doesn't really hit its stride until the solos kick in; the famous theme sounds uncharacteristically labored (yes, it's difficult). Mostly, though, a splendid session. ~ Richard S. Ginell 
http://www.allmusic.com/album/findin-the-groove-mw0000547204
  
 Published: October 2, 2006 Terry Gibbs: Findin' the Groove Terry Gibbs, who has been Findin' the Groove for more than sixty years and continues to home in on it at the post-retirement age of 81 (82 on October 13), shares the front line with master flutist Hubert Laws on his latest album, which, in typical Gibbs fashion, swings relentlessly in a bop-centered groove from first note to last.
The vibes/flute tandem proves remarkably successful, especially when supported by a savvy rhythm section anchored by Terry's son, Gerry, at the drum kit and including guitarist Dan Faehnle, pianist Tom Ranier and bassist Hamilton Price from Gerry's Thrasher Big Band. Faehnle and Ranier are resourceful improvisers who keep Terry and Hubert on their toes and wailing, while Gerry takes a star turn on Terry's "Dance with the Brushes, patterned after Neal Hefti's "Cute. Terry wrote half a dozen other tunes to complement the standards "But Not for Me and "Teach Me Tonight, Bernie Miller's "Bernie's Tune, Benny Golson's "Killer Joe, Jimmy Giuffre's "Four Brothers and Denzil Best's "Wee. Terry arranged everything, and there's not a turkey in the barnyard.

Joan Carroll, definitely someone to keep an eye on, sings marvelously on the Gershwins' "But Not for Me and Terry's bossa "The House That Might Have Been (lyric by Arthur Hamilton), even though "But Not for Me, written as a lament to love that can never be, is cast as an up-tempo romp whose inherent sadness has been supplanted by pure elation. Even so, Carroll manages to make the change of pace seem convincing.

Laws, who has strayed in recent years from the straight-ahead path, sounds as though he'd never been away, matching Terry stride for stride in a series of electrifying ad-libs that reaches its zenith on the mercurial "Wee. To be honest, these old pros are untroubled at any tempo, as one recognizes throughout this relaxed yet cohesive studio date. Above all, they are having fun together, a vibe (pardon the pun) that the listener can instantly sense and appreciate.

Terry Gibbs and his mates have clearly found a groove, one that should please almost anyone who enjoys swinging, straight-from-the-hip jazz. Excellent sound and generous playing time help make the session even more enticing. Warmly recommended. ~ Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=23200#.UpURtk0we1s


Track list:
01 Bernie's Tune     Bernard Miller   4:42    
02 Wednesday at Two     Terry Gibbs  5:28     
03 Findin' the Groove     Terry Gibbs  6:20     
04 But Not for Me     George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin  4:43     
05 Teach Me Tonight     Sammy Cahn / Gene DePaul  5:44     
06 Killer Joe     Benny Golson  6:29    
07 Dance with the Brushes     Terry Gibbs  5:27     
08 Samba Wazoo     Terry Gibbs  5:12     
09 House That Might Have Been     Terry Gibbs / Arthur Hamilton  6:06     
10 Four Brothers     Jimmy Giuffre  4:19    
11 Take My Blues Away     Terry Gibbs  4:58     
12 Wee (Allen'S Alley)      Denzil Best  5:49     
13 One Minute and 45 Seconds to Station Break     Terry Gibbs  1:45 

Total time: 67:09

Personnel: Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Joan Carroll (vocals); Dan Faehnle (guitar); Hubert Laws (flute); Tom Ranier (piano); Hamilton Price (bass instrument); Gerry Gibbs (drums).


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