Dave Liebman & Phil Markowitz: Manhattan Dialogues (2005)
"Sno Peas, a 1979 Liebman tune, may previously be best remembered from Bill Evans and Toots Thielemans' Affinity. Here it's an opportunity for Markowitz's lengthy and lush phrases suddenly to turn meditative. It's in those darker moments that Liebman's warm sax lends sympathetic partnering. Two classics, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes and "'Round Midnight, close the set with renditions that explore a complete harmonic range. Most notable is a solo with which Liebman opens the latter. As an intro to Dizzy Gillespie's melody, it's of a beauty whole and complete unto itself.
Recorded in a live session at New York's Manhattan School of Music, this duo plays outside of traditional categories like jazz or classical. As Markowitz has observed, what they're up for is music "...with no esthetic or restrictive barriers.
Track Listing: Teacher of Our Child; "7" Intro; "7"; Philippe Under the Green Bridge; Sno' Peas; Jung; Off By One; Mahoning; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes; 'Round Midnight.
Personnel: David Liebman: soprano and tenor saxophones; Phil Markowitz: piano
Record Label: Zoho Music
Style: Modern Jazz