...a fine stylist.
From Stan Kenton to Dave Friesen to Tom Grant - drummer Gary Hobbs combines a diverse & celebrated musical history with his love of the Spanish cajon for inspired takes on "Fever," "Besame Mucho" and "The Look of Love." With a large supporting cast that includes vocalist Greta Matassa, pianists Tom Grant & Marc Seales, and trombonist Jeff Uusitalo, Hobbs & crew also explore 7 originals, all propelled by Hobbs' spirited drumming and distinctive arrangements.
1. OF MY TIMES 1:59
2. LONG BOATS 5:08
3. FEVER 5:36
4. HADES LADIES 7:46
5. BESAME MUCHO 5:37
6. CARRIBEAN FIREDANCE 4:55
7. THE GINGI 5:21
8. OH SUZANNA 4:56
9. ROBOT LOVE 5:28
10. THE LOOK OF LOVE 4:50
11. THE BUBBA STOMP 4:42
GARY HOBBS - drum set / cajon set
DAVID CAPTEIN - bass
TOM GRANT - piano (2,6)
MARC SEALES - keyboards (4,9,11)
GEORGE MITCHELL - keyboards (7,8) organ (10)
REGGIE THOMAS - hammond organ (5)
RICK HAYDON - guitar
JEFF UUSITALO - trombone
PAUL MAZZIO - trumpet
TIM JENSEN - woodwinds
NANCY IVES - cello
MIKE HORSFALL - vibes
GRETA MATASSA - vocal (5,10)
BRITTA HOBBS - vocal (3)
Produced by GARY HOBBS
Recorded at FALCON STUDIOS, Portland, OR
engineered by DENNIS CARTER (1-4,6,9,11)
and SUPERNATURAL SOUND, Oregon City, OR
engineered by ROGER MIELKE (5,7,8,10)
Mixed by RICK HAYDON & GARY HOBBS (3-5,7-11) and DENNIS CARTER & GARY HOBBS (1,2,6)
Mastered by KEVIN NETTLEINGHAM AUDIO
Cover photo by DOUG MENUEZ
Other photos by DAVE OLSON
Art Direction/design by JOHN BISHOP
All Music Guide (Scott Yanow)
Of My Times has intriguing arrangements by drummer Gary Hobbs that keep the music quite unpredictable. Some selections utilize electronics while others are more straight-ahead. Among the highlights are "Fever" which has an effective vocal by Britta Hobbs and uses an atmospheric bass clarinet, "Hades Ladies," which is reminiscent of early fusion and ...
The Vancouver Columbian (ANNIE PIERCE RUSUNEN)
He's got the beat Sunday, September 12, 2004 By ANNIE PIERCE RUSUNEN, Columbian staff writer Most musicians hit the road in their 20s and tour until the endless miles and late-night concerts take a toll on the soul. Vancouver's Gary Hobbs is the first to admit he's doing things a little, well, backwards. From his vibrant t ...
Oregonian (Lynn Darroch)
In the course of a year, drummer and composer Gary Hobbs cycles through multiple musical personalities. Big band drummer, clinician for high schools and colleges, sideman with a variety of groups and a leader of his own, Hobbs goes from straight-ahead and swing to funk and fusion. That taste for variety is evident on his latest CD, "Of My Times ...
JazzReview (Dr. Thomas Erdmann)
Drummer/percussionist Gary Hobbs first made his mark in jazz on one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking big band albums of all time, Kenton '76 (Creative World). This little known yet highly influential and critically praised recording features the Kenton band near the end of its life. Of the three Hank Levy charts, two of them, Time for a Cha ...