The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL





  American Express

© 2002-2016, Squidco LLC

British jazz composer and arranger Michael Gibbs directs his NDR Big Band through a set of lyrical jazz pieces with brilliant arrangements, including four original compositions and compositions from Carla Bley, Thelonius Monk, Ornette Coleman, Gordon Jenkins, and Ron Carter.

Gibbs, Michael & the NDR Bigband
In My View

Gibbs, Michael & the NDR Bigband: In My View (Cuneiform)

Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"While studded with treasured recordings reflecting his singular writing skills, Michael Gibbs' slim discography has never kept pace with the breadth and depth of his creative output. In a career spanning more than half a century, he's collaborated with a dazzling array of artists in jazz and beyond, including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel, and Richard Galliano.

Gibbs' intermittent relationship with Germany's NDR Bigband, one the world's longest-running jazz ensembles, dates back to the early 1970s and has provided a particularly valuable vehicle for his vivid musical imagination. "I feel I know the individual players so well, that I write for them personally, or use how I know them in making orchestrational choices," Gibbs says of the NDR Bigband. "That's a luxury these day, when other projects are written more for the standard instrumentation without knowledge of the personal attributes (stunning as though they might be, and often are)."

Born on September 25th, 1937, Gibbs has studied with such noted figures as Gunther Schuller, George Russell J.J. Johnson, Aaron Copland, Iannis Xenakis, and Lukas Foss. By the beginning of the 70s, he was recognized as one of jazz's leading young arrangers and composers, and he developed a personal, thickly textured approach inspired by Gil Evans, Charles Ives and Olivier Messiaen.

Gibbs has honed a subtle and highly personal approach to arranging and composition, incorporating driving rock rhythms and asymmetrical phrasing. When first emerging, his work anticipated the jazz/rock movement of the 70s. Although better known as an arranger than a composer, he really is one of the great writers to emerge out of the 'Brit-jazz' scene, and four wonderful, new original pieces are highlighted here.

With In My View, Gibbs makes an unimpeachable case that this jazz cat in winter hasn't lost a step. Gibbs' View adds up to one of the year's most rewarding and successful big band projects.

Brit-jazz composer and arranger Michael Gibbs was born in 1937 in Zimbabwe. Starting in 1959, he studied in Boston at the Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory , Tanglewood and the Lenox School of Music, where he studied with a who's who of contemporary jazz and modern composition: George Russell, Gunther Schuller, Iannis Xenakis, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss and others. In 1964 he moved to the UK, where he engaged himself in the rapidly emerging contemporary UK jazz scene. Starting in the late 60s and continuing into the mid 70s, he recorded a number of highly acclaimed and influential albums featuring many of the most prominent British-based jazz players who, like Michael, were beginning to flirt with jazz/rock. Since the mid 70s he has worked as a educator as well as a free-lance arranger, doing arrangements and orchestrations for major names such as Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Peter Gabriel among many others, while too infrequently recording his own music."-Cuneiform

See all items in the Cuneiform category

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Large Ensembles
New in Improvised Music

Search for other titles on the Cuneiform label.

Other Recommended Releases:
Gibbs, Michael & the NDR Bigband featuring Bill Frisell
Play a Bill Frisell Setlist
Mazurek, Rob / Exploding Star Orchestra
Galactic Parables: Volume 1 [2 CDs]
Kaiser, Henry & Ray Russell
The Celestial Squid
Soft Machine
Switzerland 1974 [CD+DVD]
Mazurek, Rob & Black Cube SP (featuring Sao Paulo Underground)
Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost
Mazurek, Rob Octet
Skull Sessions
Robinson, Jason
Tiresian Symmetry
Sao Paulo Underground (Featuring Rob Mazurek)
Tres Cabecas Loucuras
Smith, Wadada Leo Organic
Heart's Reflection [2 CDs]
A Beautiful Western Saddle/The Hardwood [CD + DVD]
Claudia Quintet, The
I, Claudia

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Oki, Itapu / Axel Dorner
Root Of Bohemian
(Improvising Beings)
Shipp, Matthew Quartet Declared Enemy
Our Lady Of The Flowers
Prehn, Tom Quartet
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Kretzmer, Yoni / Andrew Drury
(OutNow Recordings)
Canto General featuring Louis Moholo-Moholo
Rebel Flames
ISKRA 1903 (Rutherford / Bailey / Guy)
Chapter One (1970-2) [3 CDs]
Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)
Frith, Fred / Evan Parker
Hello, I Must Be Going
Helary, Sylvaine
Spring Roll / Printemps [2 CDs]
Carvalhais, Hugo (Pifarely / Pinto / Cymerman / Pifarely)
Grand Valis
(Clean Feed)
Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert
Morris, Joe
Solos - Bimhuis
(Relative Pitch)
Lacy, Steve
Kretzmer, Yoni / Pascal Niggenkemper / Weasel Walter
(OutNow Recordings)
Parker, Evan & Sylvie Courvoisier
Either Or And
(Relative Pitch)
Price: $14.95
In Stock


Shipping Weight: 4.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Product Information:

UPC: 045775040127

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: CUN-CD-401
Squidco Product Code: 20889

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded between 2013 and 2015 by Michael Plotz, Rudi Grosser and Sven Kohlwage.


Michael Gibbs-composer, performer

The NDR Bigband

Highlight an artist name or instrument above
and click here to Search

Track Listing:

1. 'Tis as It Should Be 5:42

2. As a Matter of Fact (For My Deal Louise [1970-2007]) 8:10

3. Ida Lupino 6:50

4. Spanish Sketch 4:42

5. Mood 4:03

6. Misterioso 7:09

7. Ramblin' 8:42

8. So That's That 6:45

9. Goodbye 5:21