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Friday, January 6, 2023

Can-Can - Terry Gibbs


It's All Right With Me

Music From Cole Porter's
Terry Gibbs and His Quintet
Cover: Paula Powers
Art Direction: Merle Shore
Verve Records MGB 2136

Piano - Frank Strazzieri
Guitarist - Herb Ellis
Bass - Al McKibbon
Drums - Frank Capp

From the back cover: Since the night he won a Major Bowes contest at the age of 12, Terry Gibbs has been living and breathing the vibraharp and jazz. One of the real giants on the instrument, Gibbs brought to the age of Bebop what Lionel Hampton brought to the age of Swing – tremendous vitality and fluent invention.

Born Julius Gubenko in Brooklyn, New York, October 13, 1924, Gibbs got his professional start on drums with the Judy Kayne band. After three years in the U.S. Army he returned to immediate activity in and around New York and to a revitalized jazz scene that vibrated to the new music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and other pioneers of the new era. After a brief term with the Tommy Dorsey band, he toured Sweden with a group led by the extroverted Chubby Jackson in December of 1947, then was featured with the ill-fated Buddy Rich band until September the following year. When the Rich band folded, Gibbs joined Woody Herman's second Herd and won the international recognition that was so long overdue. During he year with Herman, Terry solidified a reputation for hard-swinging, unrelenting drive on vibes that enable him to launch his own small groups in the years that followed. Since 1951 he has been one of the top jazz attractions in the country.

In 1957 Gibbs settled in the San Fernando Valley suburb of Woodland Hills. He immediately laid plans for the realization of a long-held dream – to lead his own big band. His efforts paid off and today he swings out in front of one of the roarin'est bands ever to assemble.

Long known fro his superlative small groups, however, Gibbs maintains the quartet and quintet format that enables him to play without the restriction of big band arrangements. One of these combos is heard in this selection of songs from Cole Porter's Can-Can.

From Billboard - April 25, 1960: From the album, "Music From Cole Porter's Can-Can," this is a bright-sound reading of the standard.

Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
I Love Paris
C'est Magnifique
You Do Something To Me
Just One Of Those Things
Live and Let Live
It's All Right With Me
Come Along With Me

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