Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Terry Gibbs - Hootenanny My Way

This album by vibraphonist Terry Gibbs has a reputation for being a long-lost fusion of country & western and jazz, and one of the very few recordings of that nature in existence. Most likely this derives from the fact that it has been out of print for many years and very few listeners have even heard it. From the look of things it seems like it could be one of the strangest jazz albums of all time. For example, here we have cover versions of songs such as "Polly Wolly Doodle All the Day," with Alice Coltrane on piano ! This was before she tied the marital knot with John Coltrane, so she's identified as Alice McLeod here. That song title should give a good indication of what the group is up to here, and it certainly isn't country & western by any stretch of the imagination. The public can be forgiven, perhaps praised, for forgetting just exactly what a hootenanny is, but this album stems from an era when one of the most popular shows on television was Sing Along With Mitch. This Mitch Miller production was your typical hootenanny, i.e., everyone gets together and sings folk songs that everyone knows. This is the type of material that is done here, although the basic themes of songs such as "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "Down By the Riverside" are reharmonized and jazzed up, often with extra bebop riffs thrown in. This, combined with the completely straight-ahead nature of the improvised playing, means this ends up sounding pretty much like an ordinary jazz record. "Tom Dooley," for example, is treated to key modulations within the theme as well as an alteration of the melody, and the result is that it sounds like any number of hard bop heads from this period. The group gets the jump on Coltrane by doing a jazz version of "Greensleeves," which is quite nice. Gibbs, of course, is a proficient soloist and does very well in this setting. The pianist hadn't developed her flowing, mid-Eastern-influenced style yet, so her playing is much more mainstream here. This is a cool, swinging session, and there is certainly nothing wrong with it, although anyone expecting to be shocked by some strange form of "hootenanny jazz" will be disappointed.
Eugene Chadbourne

Souce : http://www.allmusic.com/album/hootenanny-my-way-mw0000892532

Hootenanny My Way
Terry Gibbs


1 Joshua (Fit the Battle of Jericho)  3:22
2 John Henry  3:21
3 When Johnny Comes Marching Home  4:19
4 Michael (Row the Boat Ashore)  4:18
5 Polly Wolly Doodle All the Day  2:50
6 Tom Dooley  4:24
7 Greensleeves  4:05
8 Boll Weevil  5:48
9 Down by the Riverside  4:13
10 Sam Hall  3:54

All Traditional Songs


Terry Gibbs - vb
Al Epstein - ts, fl & cng
Alice McLeod - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Williams Wood - b
Al Belding - dr

Recorded in New York ; 1963


Melanchthon said...


Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Fantastic, Mel!
Thank you

Jazz Padd said...

Now that's somethin' real special, me thanks!

Angel said...

Thanks Mel. One more for the road

aikio said...

Thank you for a jewel!!

Kovina Kris said...

This kind of stuff is really extra special for me. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to hearing this one. What a great post. Thank you Mel!

Newlyner said...

Great post, many thanks.

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel! Very interesting to hear Alice Coltrane and Jimmy Raney together!

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot Mel, can you, please, add the label information of your postings too?
Sometimes it's easy to know but other times not, above all, by reissues.
Again many thanks for your great job here for all jazz lovers!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel. Any day with a New Jimmy Raney album is a great day!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

musician3 said...


Eric said...

Last I heard, Terry Gibbs still occasionally plays.Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Almost paid $50 for this LP a few months ago. Now I'm glad I didn't!

der bajazzo said...

Ever heard of Western Swing?

Dante A. said...

Thanks a lot, rare record

francisco santos said...


Pepin said...

Muchas gracias Mel. Bien venido de nuevo.

Kovina Kris said...

I thought this would be special and after listening it indeed is! The familiarity of these old tunes is comforting and the new arrangements are exciting. Familiar and exciting is one of my favorite feelings!

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

otokoume said...

Alice Coltrane on Polly Wolly Doodle All the Day! What a treat.

brian said...

i didn't have that one... so thanks!