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Take Five With Paul Lieberman

Take Five With Paul Lieberman
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Meet Paul Lieberman:
After a session at Mickey Hart's, Gil Evans
Gil Evans
Gil Evans
1912 - 1988
composer/conductor
noted to Airto Moreira
Airto Moreira
Airto Moreira
b.1941
percussion
: "everything he plays sounds right," and David Sanborn
David Sanborn
David Sanborn
b.1945
saxophone
responded to a show in New York with a surprise kiss. Saxophonist and flutist Paul Lieberman's 2011 CD ibeji features a number of legendary musicians: Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid
b.1944
bass, acoustic
and Nilson Matta on bass, Duduka Da Fonseca, Tim Horner, and Allman Brothers co-founder Jaimoe on drums, Joel A. Martin on piano, and Eugene Friesen on cello.

The CD looks at Brazilian music and jazz as twin children of Mother Africa separated at birth, raised in distant parts of the world and now reunited, and showcases Paul's playing, composition and arranging. Critic Richard Kamins says: ..."filled from beginning to end with joy... Blessed with...a program that ranges from sparkling originals to classic tunes from Brazil to jazz standards to one of the best covers of a Beatles tune by a jazz player, the recording shines...'Lovely' is a weak word for this stunning, heartfelt, and emotional work... In truth, Ibeji is "soul" music through and through, in the way that John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, JS Bach's 6 Suites for Cello, and, yes, Beethoven's "Song of Joy" are "soul" music to my ears. The music comes from a place that combines technique, intelligence, experience, emotions and risk-taking that pushes the musician beyond the ordinary or the commonplace...I am going to return to this recording over and over..."

Paul is a Rico Artist and endorses JodyJazz mouthpieces, and other recent activities include a saxophone quartet co-founded with Gary Smulyan
Gary Smulyan
Gary Smulyan
b.1956
sax, baritone
, Marty Ehrlich
Marty Ehrlich
Marty Ehrlich
b.1955
reeds
, and Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

saxophone
, appearances as featured soloist with Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, creation of the wind/percussion music for productions by the world-famous Young@Heart Chorus, and naming to the editorial board of "Analytical Approaches to World Music."

After earning his BA at Yale, Paul responded to simultaneous tour invitations from Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
1917 - 1987
drums
and Brazilian Jazz legends Airto and Flora Purim
Flora Purim
Flora Purim
b.1942
vocalist
by becoming the only "gringo" in the all-Brazilian group and touring the US for the next two years, appearing at major clubs, theaters, and festivals, performing for audiences of up to 30,000, and making his Lincoln Center debut. He then moved to Rio de Janeiro for four years, where he became Brazil's first-call studio sax and flautist, has recording on over 50 albums and does arranging and producing work for CBS, Warner, and other labels. Paul has also performed in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Hawaii, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, and Wales, and spent four years as jazz faculty at UMass Amherst.

Instrument(s):
Flutes, saxophones, percussion.

Teachers and/or influences?
Teachers: Kenny Werner
Kenny Werner
Kenny Werner
b.1951
piano
, Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
b.1927
sax, alto
, Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
b.1946
saxophone
, David C. Gross
. Influences: too many to fit here, but some of the biggest: my music teachers in public school, John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
b.1950
keyboard
, Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
, Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
, Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
1934 - 2000
sax, tenor
, Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
, Airto, David Sanborn, Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
1927 - 1994
piano
, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley
Julian
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley
1928 - 1975
saxophone
, Joao Gilberto
Joao Gilberto
Joao Gilberto
b.1931
vocalist
, Michael Franks
Michael Franks
Michael Franks
b.1944
vocalist
, Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

vocalist
, Richard Bona
Richard Bona
Richard Bona
b.1967
bass, electric
, Jorge Drexler, Maurice Ravel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Elis Regina, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Vladimir Horowitz, Luciano Pavarotti, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Albert Schweitzer...

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I began to improvise vocally with my older brother's piano playing at the age of three.

Your sound and approach to music:
In the words of Duke Ellington: "There are only two kinds of music, good and bad." For me, the truly great artists are those who are able to combine an attractive, accessible surface with deep substance. Many can make nice surfaces, some can create deep substance, but very few can do both at once. The three qualities I personally value most highly in music are expressivity, groove, and interaction.

Your teaching approach:
To see music, like all art, as a form of communication, both immediate and across the centuries, in the same room and around the globe. To develop a lifetime of patient discipline, and to manage the frustration of forever working publicly at the limits of one's abilities—in clear sight of what one cannot yet do—and to continue anyway. To not be prideful of gifts. To value the listener.

Your dream band:
I would love to work with Stevie Wonder, Richard Bona, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Jorge Drexler, and about 10,000 other people.

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