Terry Gibbs

El Nutto

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This would be a routine Terry Gibbs quartet set except for one fact: the pianist is Alice McLeod, who after getting married would change her name to Alice Coltrane. The third of three albums she recorded with Gibbs (decades later, her son Ravi Coltrane would work for the vibraphonist's son, drummer Gerry Gibbs), McLeod sounds fine on ten obscure tunes, all Gibbs originals. Certainly, none of the songs (which include "El Nutto," "The Nightie Night Waltz," "Hey Pretty" and "Just For Laughs") caught on, and their melodies are not particularly memorable, but the solos of Gibbs and the appearance of the pianist make this album of historic interest.