Press


As a trumpet player:

Peter Bacon (of London Jazz News) - “When I spot trumpeter Sean Gibbs in a band my spirits lift; I know there will be spot on ensemble playing and expertly-turned, beautifully toned solos”

Herald Scotland - “One of the evening’s star performers… bold, mischievous improvising that mightn’t have been out of place in the Ellington orchestra” (from a review of a concert by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra)

 

 

 

As a composer, regarding Sean’s big band album Burns:

Herald Scotland - ”Burns is an undertaking of astonishing maturity” (full review here)

The Jazz Breakfast - “There are so many things to like here including that energy and good humour, that ebullience, that is the hallmark of the young Birmingham jazz scene; the way Sean has encouraged stretching performances not only from his fellow BC recent grads but also from more seasoned players like Lluis Mather; and the terrific music that Sean has written which changes within each piece to give bespoke settings for each solo and considerable satisfaction to all the section players.” (full review here)

All About Jazz - Burns is a worthy celebration of Burns’ work and a superb debut for Gibbs and the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra” (full review here)

London Jazz News - “All killer, no filler, packed with vibrancy and passion, and bursting with slick soloists and a superbly well-drilled team of players” (full review here)

Jazzwise - “A very welcome debut for both orchestra and their arranger of choice, the writing multi-layered and richly textured” (full review not available online, can be found in October 2015 edition of Jazzwise)

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