"Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio Live In Studio" by Gerry Gibbs, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Cassandra Wilson, Roy Hargrove #1 11/16/15 chart. “Congrats!” 3rd Thrasher Dream Trio CD IN A ROW to hit #1 on JazzWeek! Only 1 other artist (David Fathead Newman) in 14 years to have 3+ releases hit #1 in a row. Thank you Neal Sapper, Matt Hughes and all our loyal ?jazz radio supporters!
Seacoast Jazz posted a review of Whaling City Sound. Read it here..
Alto sax player Greg Abate, a whaling city sound alumni, scored fifth place, in the Downbeat Critics Poll alto sax category.
An enthusiastic sellout crowd of 280 fans, and better than two hours of stellar jazz spread two engaging sets added up to a triumphant concert debut for the Thrasher Dream Trio Saturday night at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River.
Of course the two best known jazz veterans in the Thrasher Dream Trio, bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron, have played countless concerts around the world with a vast array of the music world's immortals. But their project with drummer Gerry Gibbs, a jazz lifer who grew up with the many albums Carter and Barron starred on, had never performed outside the recording studio until Saturday night.
It was the ultimate music fantasy-come-true, not just for Gibbs, but also for Neil Weiss, owner of Whaling City Sound, the label based in Dartmouth, Ma. which has seen both of the trio's two albums vault to the top spot on the jazz charts (for six and seven weeks, respectively). Weiss acted as the evening's host, and also announced the threesome will be heading back into the studio next month to record their third album.
While the Thrasher Dream Trio's 2013 debut included mostly standards, although not the obvious ones, their 2014 sophomore effort "We're Back" had them interpreting soul and r&b hits from the 1960s and '70s, an inspired concept that paid big dividends. Saturday's concert featured music from both, as well as some newer material, or just outright surprises.
Quick takeaways would be that, even at 77 years young, Ron Carter still can just mesmerize an audience with the creativity and melodic sense of his playing. A first-set solo bass number was a witty and engaging take on "You Are My Sunshine," where Carter explored all of the familiar tune's many harmonic colors, tossed in some octave leaping accents, and teased with brief quotes from other music. Only after the tune finished and Gibbs noted the passage from the Mickey Mouse/Mouseketeers theme song did we figure out what one of those quotes had been, but it was a stunning performance, worthy opf the standing ovation it got. (And remember, folks, this was an acoustic bass solo!).
Kenny Barron, 72, is also a musician of endless inventive ideas, and his superb enbellishments on the opening tune, Thelonious Monk's "Epistrophy," made it impossible to believe just one set of hands was providing all those notes. The entire trio provided exciting new levels to the jazz chestnut "Wives and Lovers," veering into numerous side trips without ever losing the essence of that lovely melody.
The first set also included Gibbs' own thoughtful ballad, which he noted he'd originally titled "The Girl on the TV Screen," to mark his cross-country romance with his future wife, (who was present Saturday) and there again Barron's soulful touch and Carter's magnificent foundation made it a keepsake moment. The trio ended their first set by turning Henry Mancini's "Charades" into a raucous, rip-roaring charge, pushed by Gibbs swinging-on-steroids drumming.
Second set highlights included a marvelously soaring rendition of Sonny Rollins' "Three Little Words," and a brisk reading of "Eighty One," a carter tune which Gibbs noted the bassist had penned during his days playing with Miles Davis. A duo segment featuring just Carter and Gibbs found the witty bassist turning the theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" (aka the classical piece "Also Sprach Zarathrusta") into another lively jazz workout. Barron did a solo piano number, a ballad which he didn't name, but one which again showcased his incredible mastery of technique and tone, without sacrificing an ounce of the music's emotional pull.
Between sets the three jazzmen signed albums and posed for photos in front of an oversized concert poster Whaling City had provided. Gibbs was like a kid in a candy store all night, and even the well-traveled Carter and Barron seemed genuinely touched by the response from the crowd.
Jay Miller, The Patriot Ledger - April 26, 2015
“Plucky Strum” featuring
Sheryl Bailey and Harvie S is an extraordinary pairing that weaves together intimate musical story lines.
Made up of acoustic guitar and acoustic bass, they explore the joy of creative improvisation through lush harmonies, beautiful melodic lines, and captivating rhythms. This music is especially exciting in a live setting.
Tickets are very limited for this performance, and can be purchased online
here, or at Kolstein’s.
Advance Ticket Purchase:
$15 Adult/ Students $10
Ticket at the Door:
$20 Adult/ $15 Student
Plucky Strum’s CD Release Showcase
April 23rd – 6:30pm
795 Foxhurst Road
Plucky Strum’s New CD out on Whaling City Records will be available for sale after the performance
Legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano is coming to the 25th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, set for April 10-19. When Jason Miles and Ingrid Jensen debut their "Kind of New" project, Lovano will be part of their all-star ensemble. Miles, Jensen and Lovano will be performing Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts on the Reading Area Community College campus. They will be joined by Jay Rodriguez, Mike Clark, Buster Hemphill, plus special guest Lionel Loueke.
"We are thrilled and honored to have Joe Lovano join us for the Berks Jazz Fest concert," said Jason Miles. "Look forward to performing the 'Kind of New' music with Ingrid, Joe and the rest of the ensemble."
If you enjoyed the music of Weather Report and Miles Davis, mixed with the vibe of CTI Records, you do not want to miss this concert.
Hailed by The New York Times as "one of the greatest musicians in jazz history," Grammy Award-winning Lovano has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and path-finding force in the arena of creative music. He has earned praise not just for his compelling tone and improvisational ability, but also for his forward-thinking presentation of new musical ideas and ensemble concepts.
For Jason Miles, the inspiration for these new original compositions was Miles Davis' Cellar Door Sessions, a recently discovered collection of live recordings captured at the legendary Washington, D.C., club in 1970.
The 10-day Berks Jazz Fest features the best in contemporary and traditional jazz, fusion, blues, R&B, gospel and more. In addition to Jason Miles and Ingrid Jensen, the lineup also features Dianne Reeves; Kirk Whalum's Gospel According to Jazz with special guest Yolanda Adams; Boney James; Gerald Albright; Pieces of a Dream; Pat Martino Trio; Incognito; New York Voices with the Reading Pops Orchestra; Brian Culbertson; Strings Attached featuring Larry Coryell, Jimmy Bruno, Jack Wilkins, and many more. More than 150 events at large venues, clubs and restaurants throughout the Reading area-something for everyone.
“The Whaling City Sound family mourns the passing, on March 8, of trumpet great Lew Soloff. Last February, Lou was a key member of Gerry Gibbs’ all-star big band for four nights and eight sets at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club/Lincoln Center. The band breathed life and fire into classic arrangements from Gerry’s Dad Terry Gibbs’ Dream Band, one of the best big bands in recent history.”
Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Clark Terry passed away on Feb 21, 2015. The following dedication is from the Clark Terry
Our beloved Clark Terry has joined the big band in heaven where he’ll be singing and playing with the angels. He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends. Clark has known and played with so many amazing people in his life. He has found great joy in his friendships and his greatest passion was spending time with his students. We will miss him every minute of every day, but he will live on through the beautiful music and positivity that he gave to the world. Clark will live in our hearts forever.
With all my love, Gwen Terry
Congratulations to the Greg Abate Quartet "Motif"
is #12 on the JazzWeek
Whaling City Sound is pleased to announce that The Thrasher Dream Trio's "The Eye of the Hurricane"
is a Grammy nominee for the "Best improvised jazz solo" award!
Congratulations to Gerry Gibbs and the Thrasher Dream Trio. "We're Back"
is #1 on the JazzWeek
Charts for the seventh week in a row!
"Expansions: The Dave Liebman Quintet"
is performing live at Dizzy's Coca Cola Club on the eleventh of November. At 7:30 P.M., tune in to the live Webcast here
Whaling City Sound is pleased to announce that "Get Me Joe Beck" was reviewed on NPR Radio's All things considered
which aired September first two thousand and fourteen. To hear an audio recording of the broadcast, follow this link
Congratulations to Mark T. Small on winning the 2014 Blues Blast Music Award in the category of Acoustic Blues Album, and thanks to all of the Blues Blast listeners who voted with such good taste! -
What Program Directors and Music Directors at National Jazz Radio are saying about Whaling City Sound:
"quality of WCS is a given and will most likely always be added to our rotation"
- Lester A. French Jr., Jazz Director / WMEB 91.9FM Orono, ME
"Whaling City Sound has always been a reliable resource for new voices in Mainstream Jazz."
- B.H. Hudson / WNCU - Raleigh, NC
"There are many record labels based in New England, but Whaling City Sound
is the cream of the crop. They're not only documenting the original jazz
emanating from New England, but delivering that music to the world in a
tight, pleasing and progressive package. There's not a week that goes by
without a Whaling City Sound disc being heard on New England's Jazz And Folk
Station. Keep wailin' Whaling City Sound!!!"
- Joe Zupan / WICN - Worcester, MA
"Consistently in recent years Whaling City Sound has provided this station
and the music rich Nashville market an impressive, expressive roster of
talent including many of whom we're presently playing (Moretti, Beck,
Leibman,Monteiro & Robitaille). It's a welcome, viable alternative to the
steady flow of music from the "3 coasts'".
- Greg Lee / WMOT- Nashville, TN
"Over the past few years we have come to truly appreciate the releases
from Whaling City Sound. Whaling City has consistenly provided us
with great releases that we have been happy to share with our listeners.
Whaling City Sound has been a constant on our playlists, and reported
on our top ten lists. Keep the music flowing!"
- Ken Irwin / WMUA - Amherst, MA
"In a world where it seems that even jazz musicians want to be "rock stars";
where the hype precedes the accomplishments or dues-paying; where the
popularity of a musician's work can be determined or even manipulated by the
most superficial means, Whaling City Sound has quietly, stubbornly, turned
out recordings of substance, artistry, and grace, that satisfy the heart and
soul of anybody with a pair of ears and a brain between them."
- Chris Sampson / WHUS - Storrs, CT
"I appreciate the high quality of Whaling City Sound recordings. They have a
rich diversity of artists, and they capture the full array of jazz
varieties. From swing, to bebop, great jazz vocalists, and instrumentalists.
Whaling City Sound leaves nothing to the jazz imagination."
- Renee Williams / WCLK - Atlanta, GA
"As Music Director for one of the few remaining full-time jazz stations in
the USA, I look forward to receiving Whaling City CDs. They are nicely
packaged with all the necessary information about the contents easily
accessed by our on-air hosts and their music covers straight-ahead, edgy,
vocals and Latin which are all part of our daily jazz programming."
- Arturo Gómez / KUVO - Denver, CO
"Whaling City Sound time and time again has sent me great product. I know
what to expect when one of their CDs comes across my desk: quality sound,
packaging and most of all - great jazz! Keep up the good work!"
- Michael A.Valentine / WDNA - Miami, FL
"I always await new releases from Whaling City Sounds with anticipation.
With his label, Neal Weiss consistently provides excellent music to the jazz
enthusiast and it's easy to love introducing listeners to his artists and
the bright moments he captures."
- Mark Rynearson / DMX - Worldwide
"Whaling City has done a tremendous job of documenting the art and genius of
the top performers in New England. Their recordings are consistently
engaging and entertaining and the packaging and promotion reflect the
excellence of the product. They are one of a handful of labels that seem
driven to make each release special and we all have benefited from their
- Will Kinnally / Music Choice - Worldwide
"From listening to a number of their albums over the years...it is pretty
clear to me that Whaling City Sound and its impressive roster of artists
have one very important philosophy and that is to satisfy the demands of a
jazz audience hungry for quality."
- Eric Cohen / WAER - Syracuse, NY
"Whaling City is one of a handful of labels that I look forward to every
release that they put out. I appreciate their commitment to quality music
and progressive artists. It is small labels like Whaling City in which I
believe the future of recorded jazz music will be dependent upon - with
major labels cutting back their rosters in a big way. Thank goodness for
Whaling City and other independent labels that are supporting the art and
fostering deserving artists"
- Brad Stone / KSJS - San Jose, CA