Tobias Gebb & Unit 7
Free at Last
Drummer Tobias Gebb’s cast of New York A-listers breezes through this trim set of imaginative mainstream arrangements with flair and commitment.
The live recording, spread over two days, opens with a fast blues and closes with a sitar-spiced modal reading of Lennon and McCartney’s “Tomorrow Never Knows”. “You Don’t Know What Love Is” is treated as a light Latin lament, there is a ballad and a boogie, and the title track is a warm sigh of relief written in thanks to Barack Obama.
Gebb and bassist Ugonna Okegwo deliver rock-solid rhythms; saxophonists Bobby Watson and Ron Blake deliver trademark solos.