Michael Gibbs/Tanglewood '63

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Michael Gibbs/Tanglewood '63 assembles arranger Michael Gibbs classic LPs for the Deram label. If Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band had actually existed -- a sprawling, Nehru-jacketed psychedelic orchestra come to life -- their music would have undoubtedly sounded exactly like Gibbs' self-titled Deram debut. Recorded with British crossover titans including guitarist Chris Spedding, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and electric pianist Gordon Beck, the album was a seminal turning point in the history of U.K. jazz-rock, embracing avant-garde-inspired brass passages, electrifying guitar solos, and thunderous yet funky rhythms to create music entirely of its time but distinctly out...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Michael Gibbs/Tanglewood '63 assembles arranger Michael Gibbs classic LPs for the Deram label. If Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band had actually existed -- a sprawling, Nehru-jacketed psychedelic orchestra come to life -- their music would have undoubtedly sounded exactly like Gibbs' self-titled Deram debut. Recorded with British crossover titans including guitarist Chris Spedding, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and electric pianist Gordon Beck, the album was a seminal turning point in the history of U.K. jazz-rock, embracing avant-garde-inspired brass passages, electrifying guitar solos, and thunderous yet funky rhythms to create music entirely of its time but distinctly out of time as well. And for all its post-Hendrix sound and spirit, Michael Gibbs still retains the soulfulness of conventional jazz -- the music speaks to the body as loudly as it does the intellect. Tanglewood '63 is even better, vividly majestic music of remarkable scope and energy -- Gibbs' ingenious arrangements suggest a pop-art incarnation of a traditional big band. Assembled from blistering guitar riffage, fiery brass and deeply idiosyncratic rhythms, Tanglewood '63 is most impressive for the tactile sumptuousness of Gibbs' sound -- the music boasts as many tints and textures as a Pantone Color Guide.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Dutton Labs Uk
  • UPC: 765387425326
  • Catalog Number: 4253
  • Sales rank: 191,852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Family Joy, Oh Boy! (8:50)
  2. 2 Some Echoes, Some Shadows (9:03)
  3. 3 Liturgy (4:53)
  4. 4 Feelings and Things (3:37)
  5. 5 Sweet Rain (6:17)
  6. 6 Nowhere (8:01)
  7. 7 Throb (3:56)
  8. 8 And on the Third Day (8:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tanglewood 63 (9:57)
  2. 2 Fanfare (1:53)
  3. 3 Sojourn (7:13)
  4. 4 Canticle (13:07)
  5. 5 Five for England (12:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Gibbs Primary Artist, Wind
Jack Bruce Bass, Bass Guitar
Tony Oxley Drums
John Surman Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Wind
Kenny Wheeler Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gordon Beck Keyboards, Electric Piano
Harry Beckett Trumpet
Henry Lowther Trumpet
Alan Skidmore Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Ray Russell Guitar
Chris Spedding Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Tony Roberts Wind
Stan Sulzmann Soprano Saxophone, Wind
Roy Babbington Bass
Nigel Carter Trumpet
Jeff Clyne Bass
Malcolm Griffiths Trombone
Dick Hart Tuba
Dave Horler Trombone
Phil Lee Guitar
John Marshall Percussion, Drums
Brian Odgers Bass
Mick Payne Bass
Chris Pyne Trombone
Mick Pyne Piano
Alf Reece Tuba
Frank Ricotti Percussion, Background Vocals, Vibes
John Taylor Keyboards
Clive Thacker Percussion, Drums
Ray Warleigh Alto Saxophone
John Wilbraham Piccolo Trumpet
Fred Alexander Cello
Alan Ford Cello
Brian Smith Wind
Technical Credits
Oliver Lomax Liner Notes
Michael Gibbs Composer
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