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Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People: Our People (Whaling City Sound)

Five musicians, 40 instruments, 19 interrelated compositions, five consecutive days in a Queens home studio, 66 minutes of music: By the numbers alone, Gerry Gibbs’ latest batch of original tunes is quite a feat. The sprawling disc, something of a followup to the drummer/composer’s 2017 salute to Weather Report, has Gibbs and Alex Collins, the … Read More “Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People: Our People (Whaling City Sound)”

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Benito Gonzalez/Gerry Gibbs/Essiet Okon Essiet: Passion Reverence Transcendence: The Music of McCoy Tyner (Whaling City Sound)

Fans and critics of pianist Benito Gonzalez agree: He’s a Latin McCoy Tyner. In other words, no matter how you feel about Gonzalez, an album of Tyner compositions is almost painfully on the nose. The younger pianist distinguishes his versions with a funkier rhythmic approach (in a trio with bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer/percussionist Gerry … Read More “Benito Gonzalez/Gerry Gibbs/Essiet Okon Essiet: Passion Reverence Transcendence: The Music of McCoy Tyner (Whaling City Sound)”

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Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People: Weather or Not (Whaling City)

“It’s a bold move to cover Weather Report in this day and age,” assert the liner notes to drummer Gerry Gibbs’ double-disc Weather or Not. “Risky” might be a better word for the gambit, which places the covers on disc one and a new suite of Gibbs originals on the other. The risk doesn’t really … Read More “Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People: Weather or Not (Whaling City)”

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