Weather or Not:
As a double-disc set, it is split down the middle. The first disc is a tribute to the music of fusion super group Weather Report. The second disc is subtitled “The Life Suite: 1981-2016” (selected songs that Gibbs chose from music he composed from his 11th grade year in high school to the present) and includes an eclectic array of Gibbs’ originals all played in trio format. The last thing, and perhaps the biggest story here, is the Thrasher People, the new band Gibbs put together for this project and going forward.
On the disc of originals, Gibbs and his Thrasher People dig deeply into Gibbs’ own compositions. The story for the second CD reflects the concept of 16 songs sounding like 16 different bands. This was necessary and fitting, as they were penned over a time spanning 35 years. The songs veer from Bee-Bop (“Paul and Sid’s Blues”), to Brazilian (“Just Glad to Be Anywhere”) to R&B instrumental (“Patrice Rushen”), to ’70s TV soundtrack music (“Kojak”) and even Gibbs combining beat boxing with an African kalimba (“St. Marteen”). There’s also flamenco, gospel, funk, soul, and jazz/rock flavors-all filtered through a deep jazz funnel.
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