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Gerry Gibbs' new Thrasher Dream Trio features Kenny Barron & Ron Carter
By: Whaling City Sound
Just maybe, though, there’s a wee shred of truth in the Thrasher Dream Trio, the name of Gerry Gibbs’ latest band with Kenny Barron and Ron Carter. The fact is if you’re a jazz drummer, as Gibbs is, and you’re playing in a band with those guys, it could very well be a dream come true.
At the same time, it’s something of a dream come true for fans of great and pure jazz as well. Gibbs, Carter, and Barron are simply terrific together; they’re tight, focused and really sound like a band. While occasionally high profile projects like this one fail to live up to the possibilities, this one obviously doesn’t; it bristles with energy, color and imagination. The trio sounds familiar at the same time it sounds like it has the soul of a wanderer. It is comfortable and relaxed as well as cheeky and downright flawless.
Digging further into Gibbs’ dream work turns up lots of luscious moments. Johnny Mandel’s "The Shadow of Your Smile" is arranged in a fresh key, which adds some surprise and unexpected contours. Monk's "Epistrophy"
Gibbs has been on the New York jazz scene for a while now, accompanying many great musicians, but always staying under the radar and underrated. "Thrasher Dream Trio" will change this notion. He wrote four of the songs here, and arranged everything with the exception of “Epistrophy.”
Above all, Thrasher Dream Trio recorded at the acclaimed Systems II studio in Brooklyn with the able assistance of Joe Marciano, confirms that Gibbs can now begin to stand taller in jazz circles. More importantly, though, he can boast of the fact that one of his dreams, however unlikely, has indeed come true.
Also available on Whaling City Sound – Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Big Band “Live At Luna” (wcs033) Gerry Gibbs Electric Thrasher Orchestra “Plays The Music Of Miles Davis 1967-1975″ (wcs047)