Terry Gibbs: Main Stem


Main Stem


Terry Gibbs Dream Band


Terry Gibbs Dream Band Vol. 4: Main Stem (Contemporary CCD-7656-2)

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Terry Gibbs (vibes), Al Porcino (trumpet), Conte Candoli (trumpet), Stu Williamson (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Bill Perkins (tenor sax), Richie Kamuca (tenor sax), Mel Lewis (drums),

Ray Triscari, Frank Higgins (trumpets); Vern Friley, Bob Edmondson (trombones); Jack Nimitz (baritone sax), Pat Moran (piano), Buddy Clark (bass)


Composed by Duke Ellington; arranged by Manny Albam


Recorded: live at the Summit in Hollywood, January 1961


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

DC's Duke Ellington and Brooklyn's Terry Gibbs deserve to be honorary Mainers. After all, Maine's motto Dirigo ("I lead") fits Ellington and Gibbs in excelsis, albeit in different ways. Whereas Duke herded cats— finicky, skittish, unreliable—Terry was an Iditarod musher, pointing his team of slavering dogs through gale-force winds across icebound trails. Their objective, however, was the same: to swing you madly. Reviving Duke's "Main Stem" (1942), Gibbs spotlights Ms. Moran, himself, Perkins and Candoli in a riffing blues as relentless as lobstermen fishing off the Georges Bank. Do not get in their way. (And remember: no clams allowed.)

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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