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  • Robert Bush wrote on June 02, 2011 report

    Great review, John. I saw this group ten months ago at the beginning of this tour.

    I'm glad you got to see the "morphed" version, where Tony is playing acoustic again (50% of the time). He played electric only in SD, and he clearly was uncomfortable (he hadn't played electric in a while).

    So you had the advantage of seeing him fully "warmed-up" on the electric as well as playing his more familiar axe.Marino, as you state, is vastly underrated, even in a group like Liebmans, where everybody is underrated.

    It sounds like they've really had a chance to hone the material, which already sounded fantastic 10 months ago (they played many of the same songs you listed).

    I envy you for the chance to see this group firing on all cylinders at the tail end of a road trip in a small club. All four of these guys are superb and Liebman's post-Trane aesthetics place him in that elite group of guys like Roscoe Mitchell, Braxton, Oliver Lake, etc.

    Really wish I'd been there. Glad I could experience it vicariously through you.

  • John Kelman wrote on June 02, 2011 report

    Thanks, as usual, Robert. It was a great two nights, plus some great hang time.....