Melvin Gibbs is a Brooklyn composer, musician, artist, and writer. He has been called ?the greatest bassist in the world" by Time Out New York magazine and is the 2019 winner of JazzTimes Magazine?s Critics Poll in the category: Electric Bass. His musical resume includes the bands Defunkt, The Decoding Society, Power Tools, Rollins Band, The Zig Zag Power Trio, and Harriet Tubman. In 2021 Northern Spy Records released his EP 4 + 1 equals 5 for May 25.
Once, We Had a KingBy Melvin Gibbs
Brooklyn in the 1970s was home to a unique and culturally fertile Black community, and many people I know from the neighborhood have gone on to have successful or influential careers in the arts. But back then, among ourselves, we were just teens doing our thing.