Terry Gibbs: Nose Cone


Nose Cone


Terry Gibbs Dream Band


Terry Gibbs Dream Band, Volume 4: Main Stem (Contemporary CCD-7656-2)

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17-piece band featuring Joe Maini (alto sax), Al Porcino (lead trumpet), Terry Gibbs (vibes), Mel Lewis (drums)


Composed and arranged by Al Cohn


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, January 20, 1961


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

At first, a rocket ship's nose cone contained only scientific instrumentation. Later, small laboratory mammals, gradually increasing in size and intelligence, rode into orbit. Finally, realizing the age-old dream of human spaceflight, Al Cohn's "Nose Cone" blasted off with none other than Terry Gibbs and his 16 Swingers aboard. A decade before being tapped by Francis Ford Coppola to play The Godfather's Michael Corleone, lead trumpeter Al Porcino (that's not him?) boosts Terry's crew into the stratosphere swifter than an Atlas rocket. Maini's manic alto, Lewis's state-of-the-art drumming and Gibbs's feverish enthusiasm ignite a band as combustible as liquid oxygen.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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