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Plays Jewish Melodies in Jazztime (Spec Pk)
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Terry Gibbs's best-known dream band was the big band documented on an acclaimed series of unearthed recordings from the late 1950s and early '60s. His least-known dream band is the one featured on this long out-of-print al... more »
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Terry Gibbs's best-known dream band was the big band documented on an acclaimed series of unearthed recordings from the late 1950s and early '60s. His least-known dream band is the one featured on this long out-of-print album, which combines a bop-minded jazz quartet headed by Gibbs (on vibraphone and marimba) and a quartet devoted to traditional Jewish music led by his older brother, drummer Sol Gage. (Born Julius Gubenko, Gibbs started out in his violinist father Abe Gubenko's Radio Novelty Orchestra, which Gage later inherited.) The album's stylistic division of labor--bop-driven jazz sections trade off with straightforward Jewish parts--sometimes reduces the music to a battle of the band. But it's a lively experiment that anticipates the recent klezmer revival in jazz; just listen to the swinging and soaring takes on "Bei Mir Bist du Schön" and "My Yiddishe Momme"--and let's not forget Ziggy Elman's "And the Angels Sing." Adding to the offbeat nature of the session is the presence on piano of Alice McCord, later to be known as Alice Coltrane. --Lloyd Sachs
Great Gibbs gig for at least three reasons.
Samuel Chell | Kenosha,, WI United States | 03/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Terry's a bit more subdued on this outing than most, but it's a swinging session if a trifle "over-arranged." Terry imports a klezmer band for some highlighting and variety, but it would have been better if he'd left the ethnic touches to his own spirited group. In his autobiography, "Good Vibes," Terry explains that the session was one of his most enjoyable and that he wanted to call it "Jew Jazz" but that Mercury changed his original title.
The album, you'd think, would remain in print if only for the presence of Alice McCleod, soon to become Ms. John Coltrane. In the book, Terry says of the date, "I was the Jew, and this African-American woman pianist was stealing the show!" (Personally, I think he's being excessively modest, perhaps conscious of Alice's later accomplishments and near-iconic stature in American music. Unlike Terry Pollard, another Detroit female pianist who played with Terry Gibbs, Alice doesn't "lock" into the time and swing; her many-noted, fluid and legato lines are strangely unengaging in this context.)"