Terry Gibbs: Jumpin' at the Woodside


Jumpin' at the Woodside


Terry Gibbs Dream Band


Dream Band, Vol. 1 (Contemporary CCD-7647-2)

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16-piece band featuring Med Flory (tenor sax), Bill Holman (tenor sax), Terry Gibbs (vibes), Max Bennett (bass), Mel Lewis (drums)


Composed by Count Basie & Jon Hendricks. Arranged by Manny Albam


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, March 17, 1959


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

In 1959, Terry Gibbs took leave of his senses and formed a big band. No flight in the face of economic reason could've found a braver test pilot. Ebullient and irrepressible don't do him justice. If you woke T.G. from a deep sleep, stuck mallets in his hands and pointed him towards the vibes, he'd count "One, oo, ee, ah" and swing his butt off. On this flag-waver to do Betsy Ross proud, lead trumpeter Al Porcino blazes, making us rue his ill-advised career switch to play The Godfather's Michael Corleone. (That's not him?) TGIF means Terry Gibbs Is Fabulous.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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