Terry begat Gerry. The younger Gibbs, a drummer and composer, was born in 1964 and has been a professional musician since the early 1980s, working with a plethora of artists from Alice Coltrane, Harold Land, Billy Childs, and Parliament Funkadelic (among many others). As a leader, Gerry Gibbs has lead the Thrasher Trio, a sextet, a big band, and an orchestra. As a leader or co-leader he's issued 13 albums but, up until now, he's never dedicated an album to his father. "Songs From My Father" (Whaling City Sound) is just that –– it's a 19-song, two-CD set, that features drummer Gibbs with four sets of partners (his Thrasher Dream Trios) plus his percussionist wife Kyeshie Gibbs. 18 of the songs are Terry Gibbs originals with the final track, "Tango for Terry", composed and performed by Chick Corea in what probably was his final time in the studio before his untimely passing in February of this year.
The most fascinating track, "Hey Chick", closes CD One, and is a wonder of technology. Recorded after Mr. Corea's death, Gibbs took his Dad's tune, "Hey Jim", changed the title with his Father's permission, and all the musicians on the album (except Corea) appear. The opening solo is actually Father Gibbs' vibes solo from the original 1961 recording over the quartet of Goldings, Geoff Keezer, Ron Carter, and the drummer son! The transitions are seamless and the music is amazing!
"Songs From My Father", featuring Gerry Gibbs with the Thrasher Dream Trios, is not just a love letter to his Dad but also a recognition of his fine compositions, many of them with well-designed melodies. Terry Gibbs may have retired his vibraphone but he remains in good health – this fine tribute is well worth investing in!!
Here's a video that gives you a look at the participants and the person they are celebrating: