The discernible influences include 70's defining elements, the Headhunters, Chick Corea, Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, Steve Grossman, Cecil Taylor and the more modern proponents of 70's acoustic funk and the B3: Medeski, Martin and Wood. But consider the instrumentation: Drums, Bass, Piano/B3 augmented by Theramin, Melodica, Rhodes, Harmonica, Trumpet, Sax, Dulcimer, Steel Pans and Kalimba and you almost get a Jaco's "Word of Mouth" approved outing.
Live you're as likely to hear Weather Report's "Mr. Gone" and Tyner's "Fly Like the Wind" as Gibb's charged and inspired originals. Not to mention the gratuitous New York City traffic report (don't ask) and nods to hard swingin organ trios, big bands, silent movie bands and electronica, complete with wah's, Moog's, Arp's and bass pedals, it seems no influence is safe from exploitation.
Current group members Andy Langham (keys, organ, Rhodes, clavinet), Brandon Rivas (bass) and Rene Saenz (tenor, soprano, flute) perform regularly in San Antonio with Gibbs (who's on sabbatical from the city), The Synergy Group (http://www.cdbaby.com/synergy) and others. They plan to tour at the end of the year.
Gibbs and company's resumes are extensive. Gerry's performed with McCoy Tyner, Ravi Coltrane and Brad Melhdau (both in his previous band), Arthur Blythe, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, Joe Henderson and many others. Bassist Rivas has worked with Donald Harrison, Delfayo Marsalis, Mike Stern, Brian Blade and others.
This is as open and committed a recording as you're likely to hear and another with the new group is in the cards. In the meantime, get ready to be surprised, amazed and seriously impressed. Get ready to say, "who the hell are these guys"?, and mean it. If you need a recording to reference for the sheer purpose of seeing how huge a trio can sound, this is it. If you want a great example of a sense of humor in music, again this is your disc. If you want proof Ken Burn's and Marsalis are dead wrong to have overlooked improvised music of the 70's, this is your proof. If you want to cut through all the BS and hear some seriously inspired, creative music played by a very seasoned and open-minded trio on approximately 15 instruments collectively, this is still the one. All this barely begins to codify what you'll hear within the 19 cuts of Gerry Gibbs' "First Visit".