By: Sebastien Helary, NextBop
On June 7th, Grammy-nominated drummer and composer Gerry Gibbs released his staggering 12th album as a leader via Whaling City Sound, a unique project entitled Our People. The album features Gibbs alongside fellow multi-instrumentalists Alex Collins, Gianluca Renzi, Mayu Saeki, and Kyeshie Gibbs, who together play a combined 40 instruments on the record. “We all channeled all the people that we, collectively, have known from all over the world. We were influenced by everyone’s different ethnicities, heritages, life experiences, culture, and customs, as well as the time periods they came from,” says Gibbs.
Our People is a texturally rich endeavor, a mosaic of superimposed sounds and emotions carefully orchestrated into a 19 track journey through dreamy landscapes and angelic harmonies. As Robert Glasper puts it: “[Our People] sounds like the soundtrack to the heavens opening up the gates! My brother Gerry is always pushing the envelope and being unapologetically himself!” Stream “(Scene 4) Our People”, the title track from the album here.