Terry Gibbs

Sessions, Live: Terry Gibbs, Benny Carter, Pete Jolly

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This Calliope LP is made up of excerpts from late-'50s television broadcasts featuring several jazz artists. The hot vibraphonist Terry Gibbs leads an unidentified quartet on three tracks, including the brisk swinger "T and S" and the terrific ballad "What's New." The last piece, "Concerto for Heartbeat and Machine Age," is actually derived from the well-known flag-waver "Seven Come Eleven," though it's a shame the pianist isn't identified. Jo Reynolds is a very obscure singer who studied with Anita O'Day. Her performances of "Ain't No Misery in Me" and the old folk song "Molly Malone" are pleasant though unremarkable. These two selections seem to be her only commercially issued recordings. The lush alto sax of Benny Carter is supported by piano, guitar, bass, and drums, with none of the players named. He swings "This Can't Be Love," though he emits a rare reed squeak. His gorgeous take of "Laura" is flawless. Pete Jolly sits in on piano with Carter for a rousing rendition of "Take the 'A' Train." The Pete Jolly Trio is actually a quartet, with Jolly joined by a guitarist, bassist, and drummer. The leader is heard on accordion during the upbeat "Hyacinth." He returns to the piano for a showy take of "My Old Flame," with the rhythm section's role reduced to a minimum. Like all Calliope LPs, this budget release disappeared from print not long after it was issued, but it can still be found with some effort at a reasonable price.

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