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LAST CALL CD OF THE MONTH: Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People/ Weather or Not/ Whaling City Sound

Drummer Gerry Gibbs and his trio present excellent performances of music from the legendary jazz supergroup Weather Report on a new two-CD set which also features Gibb's own original compositions, and some covers. The result is Weather Or Not--arguably Gibb's best recording to date.

Gibbs is joined by rising piano star Alex Collins and much in demand bassist Hans Glawischnig. The result is a truly satisfying release of 28 tunes with many delights for Weather Report fans and those who enjoy groove-oriented music.

On the first disc, Gibbs and his trio choose to re-imagine the Weather Report sound utilizing familiar numbers from their canon, including “Palladium,” “Teen Town,” “Birdland,” and “Black Market". New musical textures are found in this re-arrangement, which has the personal seal of approval of none other than saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

The second disc presents a potpourri of Gibb's own material, which includes a cover of the theme to the hit 1970's TV show "Kojak" delivered in a funky groove, as is “I’m Simply Waiting,” and “The 70s Song aka Patrice Rushen” Many of these are original songs have never been heard before. And the kaleidoscope of musical gems presented is dazzling. 

Gerry Gibbs said of the record,  “Instead of creating one musical concept, I wanted it to sound like 16 trios, so that’s why the music was so eclectic.” And so it is. A fun house of music that will draw the listener in for repeated visits.

Gerry Gibbs is a Grammy nominated drummer, producer, band leader, composer & arranger. He's the son of the acclaimed jazz vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. And despite being the son of an acclaimed jazz musician, Gerry has without doubt made his own name as a bandleader on nine jazz recordings, recently with his Thraser Dream Trio that featured National Endowment for the Arts Masters Kenny Barron (piano) and Ron Carter(bass) for three very satisfactory recordings.

This in itself would be an accomplishment for any musician, but Gibbs has a wide variety of  career highlights.  Gibbs also leads his Thraser Big Band and Electric Thraser Orchestra.  The release, Play the Music of Miles Davis 1967-1975 (2010), saw Gibbs with 13 of Los Angeles top musicians in a rich and bold interpretation of the legendary trumpeter's jazz-rock compositions. And in 2000 Gerry Gibbs and the Third Trio From The Sun released First Visit, which featured legendary jazz saxophonist Arthur Blythe.

Additionally, Gerry Gibbs has performed, recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in Jazz history including    Stanley Clarke,   Alice Coltrane,  Cassandra Wilson,  Clark Terry,  Wynton Marsalis,  Gary Bartz, Billy Childs,  Mike Stern, and many more.

Gerry Gibbs has consistently created compelling albums & and this new release is highly recommended. Liner notes including praise from Weather Report drummer Peter Erskine are enclosed, in addition to words of praise from Weather Report saxophonist and jazz legend Wayne Shorter.

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Chris Cooke has been a voice on radio in Omaha since 1988. While at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he studied radio broadcasting, history and religion. Working at KVNO-FM, Cooke hosted a weekend adventuresome jazz show on the station in addition to duties as an on-air announcer on overnights, weekends and holidays. He also worked at KBLZ (the then student-run radio station) as well as KYNE-TV, and The Gateway as a reporter.
In November 1992, Cooke signed on at KIOS-FM and has been there ever since. He has hosted the Tuesday and Thursday editions of Jazz in the Afternoon since 1996 and has also hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music. He has interviewed Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Airto Moreira, Jessica Williams and Karrin Allyson, to name a few. While not at the station Cooke maintains a web design consultancy business that has served a number of non-profit and music clients for over 20 years.