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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: We’re Back

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They’re back? They didn’t go anywhere, thankfully. The Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio released its first album last fall, and as it began climbing the jazz charts, the drummer quickly reconvened bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron for round two. We’re Back is more of a concept record-jazz versions of R&B hits-and this time Gibbs brought in a few guests, including vibraphonist Warren Wolf, organist Larry Goldings and saxophonist Steve Wilson.

“Thrasher” is a misleading name for this group. They play with élan, for sure, but it is a tasteful vivacity. (“Thrasher” is the name of a tune Gibbs put on his first album 20 years ago.) The focus is on the wonderful interplay among Gibbs, Carter and Barron, and on Gibbs’ knack for assigning new rhythms to pop hits.

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