Two gems by vibist Terry Gibbs – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Emarcy album Terry Gibbs – just the kind of set that shows why Terry was one of the best known players on his instrument in the 50s! Gibbs has a clear, clean style here that's never too laidback, nor too prone to over-done flourishes – a style that was born in swing, informed by bop, and carried off beautifully by a quartet on the date that includes Terry Pollard on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Bert Dale (aka Nils Bertil Dahlander) on drums. The sound is nicely straight ahead – no gimmicks
, no schtick, just nicely grooving work on vibes and piano – with tracks that include "Seven Come Eleven", "Lonely Dreams", "Dickie's Dream", "Imagination", "King City Stomp", "Pretty Face", "The Continental", "Bless My Soles", and "Nutty Notes". Next up is the album Mallets Aplenty – also recorded for Emarcy, and with a relatively similar group that includes Terry Pollard on piano and Herman Wright on bass, plus Jerry Segal on drums. Gibbs has a great sense of presence on the vibes – a tone that's strong and clear, but never in a way that has to try too hard to make itself known. Pollard's a wonderfully sensitive accompanist on piano, and gets plenty of her own solos in on the date – and titles include a number of great originals by Gibbs – including "Nothing To It", "Haunted", "Er Bee I", "Gibberish", "Soupy's On", and "Then It Happens".