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 saxophones), Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins (tenor saxophones), Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone), Al Porcino, Ray Triscari, Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson, Frank Huggins (trumpets), Frank Rosolino, Vern Friley, Bob Edmondson (trombones), Pat Moran (piano), Buddy Clark (bass), Mel "The Tailor" Lewis (drums).
Recorded live at the Summit, Hollywood, California in January 1961.
Personnel: Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Joe Maini, Charlie Kennedy (alto saxophone); Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins (tenor saxophone); Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Conte Candoli, Al Porcino, Ray Triscari, Stu Williamson , Frank Huggins (trumpet); Vern Friley, Bob Edmondson (trombone); Pat Moran (piano).
Liner Note Author: Jay Roebuck.
Recording information: The Summit In Hollywood (01/20/1961-01/22/1961).
Photographer: William Claxton.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Frank Rosolino; Buddy Clark ; Mel Lewis.
Arrangers: Al Cohn; Manny Albam; Shorty Rogers; Bill Holman.
Unlike the first three CDs released by Contemporary of Terry Gibbs' early-'60s "Dream Band," the music on the fourth and fifth volumes was out previously on Mercury. And while the earlier sets focused on swing-era standards, the fourth volume mostly has less common material. Gibbs' all-star orchestra (which includes trumpeter Conte Candoli, high-note trumpeter Al Porcino, trombonist Frank Rosolino, Richie Kamuca and Bill Perkins on tenors, altoists Joe Maini and Charlie Kennedy and drummer Mel Lewis among others) swings hard on such tunes as "Day In, Day Out," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Too Close for Comfort" and "Ja-Da." It is not at all surprising that the vibraphonist-leader sounds so happy leading his short-lived band. ~ Scott Yanow