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Bass at a glacial pace with Melvin Gibbs at Norton Museum

Bass at a glacial pace with Melvin Gibbs at Norton Museum

There is no time to waste for Melvin Gibbs.

The Grammy-nominated bassist best known to the masses for his late-’90s stretch with punk experimentalists the Rollins Band is busy preparing for a Dec. 16 Kennedy Center debut with his genre-defying trio Harriet Tubman. At the same time, he’s putting the finishing touches on a new album by the Zig Zag Power Trio, a collaboration with Living Colour’s Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun.

But while investing a few minutes on the phone from his home in New York, Gibbs makes clear there is nothing more important to him right now than the climate-change issues being explored in Justin Brice Guariglia’s large-scale photography of dying...

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