Gerry Gibbs – Songs From My Father
O’s Notes: The pandemic put drummer/composer Gerry Gibbs 9th album on hold but a series of discussions and fate led to him making Songs From My Father, an album dedicated to his father, vibraphonist/composer Terry Gibbs. There are four distinct Thrasher Dream Trios: with 1. the late Chick Corea (p) and Ron Carter (b), 2. Kenny Barron (p) and Buster Williams (b), 3. Patrice Rushen (p) and Larry Goldings (B3), and 4. Geoff Keezer (p) and Christian McBride (b). Gerry plays drums and percussion on all 19 tracks (2 discs). There’s an upbeat contemporary Latin vibe on “Townhouse 3”, heavy swing on “Bopstacle Course” and “4 A.M.” They take a breath on “Lonely Dreams”, a ballad before ending disc 1 with “Hey Chick” featuring vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. Disc 2 ends with “Tango for Terry” composed by Chick for the elder Gibbs. This was Corea’s last recording, adding to the allure of this historic recording.
3 Whaling City Sound releases on 12/20 JazzWeek Chart: #6 Eric Wyatt “A Song of Hope”; #28 Shawnn Monteiro “You Are There”; #36 Gerry Gibbs “Songs From My Father”; Dino Govoni “Hiding in Plain Sight” Chartbound