By: Marc Myers
September, 15, 2017
“I had to convince my mother and father to let me go- let me go on tour”
Several weeks ago, Bret Primack flew out to Los Angeles to interview vibraphonist Terry Gibbs at home on camera. Bret recently edited the fabulous results into mini topic clips and uploaded them to YouTube a rich oral history by one of jazz’s greatest vibists.
September, 04, 2017
During his 33-year career as a musician, Gerry Gibbs has recorded 11 solo CDs as a leader and he’s had amazing success, placing his last four albums at the top of the jazz charts.
Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People will perform tonight at AHA’s Centre Street Sessions Season Finale. Performances are scheduled for 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. at 23 Centre Street, in the parking lot of the historic Kaller Beef Building. The performance “will not only demonstrate what all the fuss is about, and it will for a brief moment, turn New Bedford into a smoking hot jazz club, thanks to the larger-than-life jazz label Whaling City Sound, their inimitable artist Gerry Gibbs, and his terrific ensemble known as Thrasher People,” the release states.
Each member of this trio is a virtuoso on many instruments: Alex Collins, 30, is an extraordinary talent who plays acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes and organ, as well as adding unique vocals as a fourth instrument on select songs. Hans Glawischnig is the acoustic and electric bass wizard. At times he plays the electric bass like a guitar, using a pick and guitar amplifier. With Gibbs doing most of the “thrashing” as leader, composer, arranger and drummer, he is also a gifted multi-instrumentalist, supplying Mini Moog, vibes, marimba, percussion, electronic programming, kalimba and quica, while adding a choir of voices and beat-boxing.
Gibbs’ latest album, “Weather or Not,” is a double-disc set, split down the middle. The first disc is a tribute to the music of fusion super group Weather Report. The second disc is subtitled “The Life Suite: 1981-2016″ featuring selected songs that Gibbs chose from music he composed from his 11th grade year in high school to the present — an eclectic array of Gibbs’ originals all played in trio format.