By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine
Songs from My Father is the 13th release from drummer/ bandleader/arranger Gerry Gibbs, known for his many iterations of his Thrasher Dream Trio. The last time we covered him on these pages was for his epic Thrasher People 19-part suite in 2019’s Our People with five musicians playing 40 different instruments. This outing returns to the trio configurations as he pays homage to his 96-year-old father, Terry Gibbs, one of the last living architects of bebop and an innovator on the vibraphone. Gerry selects 18 tunes from his dad’s discography, giving them a more contemporary sheen spread across 2 CDs. Notably, this project also features one of the late Chick Corea’s compositions, “Tango for Terry,” and two arrangements done specifically for this album. Gerry Gibbs tapped several legendary players, three NEA Jazz Masters and perhaps two or three future ones, informing these luminous trios – Corea and Ron Carter, Kenny Barron and Buster Williams, Patrice Rushen and Larry Goldings, and Geoff Keezer and Christian McBride along with percussionist Kyeshie Gibbs.
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