Terry Gibbs

Sessions, Live: Terry Gibbs, Pete Jolly and Red Norvo

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Like other jazz LPs released by the short-lived Calliope label during the mid-'70s, this compilation mixes various artists from late 1950s television broadcasts; though little information is provided about the supporting musicians and no composer credits are present. Vibraphonist Terry Gibbs leads a quartet (which includes Pete Jolly on accordion) through three unusual interpretations of standards by Duke Ellington, including "Caravan," "Sophisticated Lady," and "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me"; the latter featuring the leader on both marimba and vibes. The obscure singer Bobbie Lynn, who sounds somewhat like Carmen McRae, tackles "They All Laughed," and the long-forgotten "Lilac Wine," backed by an unidentified piano trio and a reed player. Red Norvo explores two standards and "Red Eye" (which could be an original, but there are several songs copyrighted under this title). The unnamed alto saxophonist and guitarist (possibly Tal Farlow?) are featured soloists in "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea." Gibbs returns with a swinging "Rockin' in Rhythm" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." It isn't clear who the pianist is on the former, but Steve Allen is at the keyboard on the final track. The stingy length of this LP, at just over 28 minutes, is frustrating, but this long unavailable release is worth acquiring if found reasonably priced.

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