Trombonist David Gibson has enjoyed a varied musical career which is deeply rooted in the genres of jazz and funk. While reared in Oklahoma, Gibson’s musical journey steered him to New York City. Jazz luminary Curtis Fuller said about Gibson, “Out of all the young players I hear in the music today, David is one of very few who speaks the language of jazz”.
David’s newest recording, “BOOM!” is currently available from Posi-tone Records. It’s his third for Posi-tone and marks a return to the traditional jazz quintet structure, featuring Josh Evans-trumpet, Theo Hill-piano, Alex Claffy-bass, Kush Abadey-drums, and Gibson’s sonorous trombone. This fiery collection of musicians breathes life into eight new compositions in addition to newly minted arrangements of Tom McIntosh’s “The Cup Bearers” and Eric Clapton’s “Change the World”. This iteration of Gibson’s ensemble continues down the eclectic path he’s been traversing for years and at times throughout, their new recording evokes modern post-bop, electric Miles and the piquant taste of the present day. There’s something for everyone contained in this musical album.
Gibson’s early experience in New York had him performing with Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, James Moody and others. In 2003, he was a finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Trombone Competition and has subsequently released six recordings, as a leader. His current quintet has been cutting their teeth in the jazz clubs of NYC, such as Smalls, Fat Cat and Dizzy’s Club, at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Though Gibson’s compositions make up the bulk of their music, this eclectic group’s repertoire also runs the gamut with arrangements of material from Wild Bill Davis to Eric Clapton.
David is busy performing with and composing for many diverse artists in New York City, including Roy Hargrove, Orrin Evans, and George Gee, in addition to teaching at SUNY Geneseo and Columbia University. Legendary trombonist/composer Slide Hampton says, “David Gibson is one of the very talented, truly dedicated musicians on the New York scene today.”