UK Release Date: 3 September 2001
Recorded in Hamburg and New York during February and May 2001, Nonsequence presents seven new Mike Gibbs original compositions alongside stirring new arrangements of John Scofield's Lost In Space, Glenn Miller's Moonlight Serenade and Meshack Mkhwanazi's African-tinged Now Listen Here or "Thul'ulalele".
For the New York sessions Gibbs recruited a 17-piece band that includes Lew Soloff, Randy Brecker, Earl Gardner, Chris Potter, Chris Hunter, Jim Pugh, Hiram Bullock, Steve Swallow and Billy Kilson. In Hamburg he worked with the NDR Big Band - featuring Christof Lauer, Claus Stotter and Vladyslav Sendecki - one of the most technically accomplished and propulsive big bands in Europe. Together they have produced one of the most thrilling and refreshingly original big band albums in recent times - a recording that is set to become the benchmark for all that follows.
Mike Gibbs was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and grew up playing trombone and piano. In 1959 he relocated to the USA, where he enrolled at Berklee College of Music, Boston. After several years of further study with the likes of George Russell, Gunther Schuller, Iannis Xenakis and Aaron Copland, he made his recording debut in 1962 as arranger and composer for Gary Burton. In 1964 he moved from the USA to the UK where he went on to play trombone for the likes of Tubby Hayes, Graham Collier and John Dankworth.
By late 1960's Mike Gibbs was recognised as being one of the leading younger composer/arrangers in Jazz. He had already absorbed his main influences (Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen) and found his own sound and style. Then, in 1974, after spending several years playing concerts, clubs and radio broadcasts in the UK and Europe, he returned to Berklee as composer-in-residence but continued to do occasional tours and concerts. He eventually returned to the UK in 1985 and in 1988 resumed recording with his own ensembles.
During the course of his career Mike Gibbs has worked as an arranger, composer and producer for the likes of Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Michael Mantler, Mike Stern, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston, Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel. He has also composed and arranged music for films (working with directors such as Bill Forsyth, Stephen Poliakoff, Ken Russell and John Woo), television, ballet and symphony orchestras.
His composition Sweet Rain has been recorded many times (Stan Getz, Stephane Grappelli, Gary Burton et al) and is now something of a jazz standard.
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