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Garry Gibbs and The Thrasher Big Band : Live at Luna

Drummer Gerry Gibbs is the son of the famous vibist-bandleader Terry Gibbs, and like his dad, fronts an exciting big band. His is composed of superior players from San Antonio and Austin, Texas. In this live recording, the band performs a varied set of charts that, with the exception of one Bill Holman arrangement, were composed or arranged by the drummer himself, including Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” and Randy Brecker’s “Some Skunk Funk.”

As an example of Gibbs’ personal imprint on his music, the opening “The Caribbean Song,” a medium-up riff chart, features an unusual form (AABAABCAB), a flavor of the islands, and blues solos that might be considered orthodox were they not performed on piccolo and electric tenor saxophone.

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