The David Liebman Trio: Lieb Plays The Blues A La Trane (2010)
It's not Liebman's first full CD foray into the Coltrane canon. He recorded Homage to Coltrane (Owl Records) in 1987; but Lieb Plays The Blues À La Trane, recorded live, is a more spontaneous, off-the-cuff affair. The playing of the legendary saxophonist's repertoire on this particular night, during a 2008 Belgian tour, was a spur-of-the-moment decision. The resulting music has a feeling of loose and limber spontaneity, with interludes of raucous, rough-edged fun.
The disc opens with Miles Davis' "All Blues," from the classic Kind of Blue (Columbia,1959). Liebman is on soprano here, and both he and his trio simmer, with his sax lines snaking around an insistent rhythm. The group veers frenetically from the familiar melody, flying free.
The Coltrane originals"Up Against the Wall," "Mr. P.C." and "Village Blues" centerpiece the set, the first featuring Liebman on tenor sax, sounding brawny and bold. The fifteen minute-plus "Village Blues" is more laidback and fluid.
Liebman closes out with "Take the Coltrane," a tune written by Duke Ellington for Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (Impulse!, 1963). Lieb roars into a searing sheets-of-sound mode, à la Coltrane, for a rousing wrap-up on this fine nod to an influential jazz artist.
Track Listing: All Blues; Up Against the Wall; Mr. P.C.; Village Blues; Take the Coltrane.
Personnel: David Liebman: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone; Marius Beets: bass; Eric Ineke: drums.
Record Label: Challenge Records