Terry Gibbs: Opus One


Opus One


Terry Gibbs Dream Band


Vol. 6, One More Time (Contemporary 7658)

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Terry Gibbs (vibes),

Big band featuring soloists Joe Maini (alto sax), Charlie Kennedy (alto sax), Bob Enevoldsen (valve trombone)


Composed by Sy Oliver. Arranged by Marty Paich


Recorded: Hollywood, March and November, 1959


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Terry Gibbs played vibraphone in many big bands, including Benny Goodman’s and Woody Herman’s, but for a while around 1960, he led a fine band of his own that contained many of the best players in Los Angeles. Its verve and gusto are evident in Marty Paich’s arrangement of “Opus One,” which features, in addition to solos by Gibbs and valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, a rousing cutting contest between Charlie Parker-modeled altoists Joe Maini and Charlie Kennedy. The band is kicked by Mel Lewis, whom many of his peers considered the best big band drummer of them all.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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