Vox (12/92, p.96) - 9 - Excellent Plus - "..the Dream Band was one of the greatest-ever aggregations on 34 legs!...These albums [DREAM BAND, Vols.1-5] go some way to supporting the Dream Band's enviable word-of-mouth reputation.."
Personnel: Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Joe Maini, Charlie Kennedy (alto saxophone); Bill Holman, Med Flory, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca (tenor saxophone); Jack Schwartz, Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Al Porcino, Ray Triscari, Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson, John Audino, Frank Huggins, Lee Katzman (trumpet); Bob Enevoldsen, Ver Friley, Joe Cadena, Bobby Burgess, Bill Smiley, Frank Rosolino, Bob Edmondson (trombone); Pete Jolly, Lou Levy, Pat Moran, Benny Aronov (piano); Max Bennett, Buddy Clark (bass); Mel Lewis (drums).
Recorded live at the Seville, Hollywood, California from March 17-19, 1959 and at the Sundown, Hollywood, California in November 1959. Includes liner notes by John Tynan.
Personnel: Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Joe Maini, Charlie Kennedy (alto saxophone); Med Flory, Bill Holman, Bill Perkins (tenor saxophone); Jack Schwartz, Jackson Schwartz, Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Conte Candoli, Al Porcino, Ray Triscari, Stu Williamson , John Audino, Lee Katzman, Frank Huggins (trumpet); Joe Cadena, Frank Rosolino, Bill Smiley, Bob Burgess , Vern Friley, Bob Edmondson, Bob Enevoldsen (trombone); Lou Levy, Pete Jolly, Benny Aronov, Pat Moran (piano); Mel Lewis (drums).
Audio Remixer: Tom Size.
Liner Note Author: John Tynan.
Recording information: Seville, Hollywood, CA (03/17/1959-11/??/1959); Sundown, Hollywood, CA (03/17/1959-11/??/1959).
Photographer: William Claxton.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Conte Candoli; Joe Cadena; Bob Burgess ; Joe Maini; Al Porcino; Lou Levy; Max Bennett; Mel Lewis; Pete Jolly; Ray Triscari; Richie Kamuca; Stu Williamson ; Bill Perkins; Bob Enevoldsen; Charlie Kennedy.
Arrangers: Al Cohn; Manny Albam; Marty Paich; Med Flory; Bill Holman; Bob Brookmeyer.
The third CD in this five-volume series draws its material from the same live sessions that resulted in the first two Terry Gibbs Dream Band releases, but contains all previously unheard performances. Ranging from well-known standards ("Avalon," "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" and "Flying Home") to more recent tunes ("Airegin" and Gibbs' "It Might As Well Be Swing") and originals by arrangers Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer and Al Cohn, the music stays consistently colorful and swinging. Gibbs had some of the top L.A.-based players in his big band, which lasted from 1959-62, and among the key soloists on this set are trumpeter Conte Candoli, Bill Holman, Bill Perkins and Med Flory on tenor, and altoists Joe Maini and Charles Kennedy. ~ Scott Yanow