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Album Review

Dave Liebman's Expansions: Selflessness - The Music of John Coltrane

Read "Selflessness - The Music of John Coltrane" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Finding one's inspiration in an iconic figure like John Coltrane presents a huge challenge for any musician. The sheer scope of the master's vision and the uniqueness of his instrumental voice can become overwhelming—particularly if the ultimate aim is to forge one's own path. But over a long and highly accomplished career, Dave Liebman has managed to do just that, even if it meant that for a time he had to break free of Coltrane's shadow by setting aside his ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Marbin, Kari Ikonen & More New Releases

Read "Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Marbin, Kari Ikonen & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two tenor titans are at the heart of this week's show, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano involved in several projects as leaders or co-leaders. Two emerging pianists, Kari Ikonen and Francesco Orio share interesting perspectives on the use of their instrument. For the rest, we'll go from the shreddin' energy of Marbin to the jazz take on a classical Franz Schubert song-cycle by Madre Vaca. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...

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Interview

Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective

Read "Dave Liebman: Placing Free Jazz and the Avant Garde in Musical and Historical Perspective" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Like free jazz, this interview arose spontaneously from an informal “how are you doin'" telephone conversation between saxophonist Dave Liebman and All About Jazz contributor Vic Schermer. Schermer phoned Liebman to compliment him on his new e-book The Art of Skill: Establishing the Mindset for Unleashing the Music Inside You published by Michael Lake, and how the book captures some of the insights that Lieb, as he is affectionately called, has been transmitting to his groups and his students for ...

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Album Review

Dave Liebman: Earth

Read "Earth" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


When saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Dave Liebman groks a musical vision, he dreams big and deep. “In the late 1990s," Liebman recalls, “I embarked on a project to musically depict manifestations of the four natural elements. In 1997 I recorded Water with Pat Metheny, Billy Hart and Cecil McBee; in 2006, I did Air with the late genius engineer Walter Quintus; fast forward to 2016 for Fire featuring Kenny Werner, Jack DeJohnette, and Dave Holland; finally, with my present group ...

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Radio & Podcasts

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 7

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 7" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The immuno-booster series continues, and confirms its wide-ranging nature. In this seventh installment the selections range from Stevie Wonder to Mahalia Jackson, passing through Myra Melford, Lyle Mays, Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, John Coltrane, The Weather Report and Lea Bertucci, who surprisingly seems to take off where Jacobus Gallus left a few hundred years earlier. Mina and Tindersticks provide surprising juxtapositions and some good old Sergio Mendes wraps things up. The selectors this week were Ben Allison, Scott ...

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Album Review

Dave Liebman: Earth

Read "Earth" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


It's taken over two tumultuous decades for Dave Liebman to fully realize and execute his poetic, elemental suite. Alongside Pat Metheny,Billy Hart, and Cecil McBee, Water: Giver of Life (Arkadia Jazz, 1997) birthed the the long journey. Teaming with violinist/sound engineer Walter Quintus for 2006's Air (Finetunes) led to 2016's free-jazz flame torch with Dave Holland, Kenny Werner, and Jack DeJohnette Fire (Jazzlines.) Wholly cognitive of his music's inert ability to rouse a myriad of cinematic possibilities and ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Local Talent, Saxophone Summit and More

Read "Local Talent, Saxophone Summit and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show there is a focus on two recent albums by Local Talent and Saxophone Summit. Local Talent combines three of Canada's most eminent instrumentalists performing together on record for the first time. The group is lead by composer and keyboardist James Hill, a rising star of the Toronto scene, known best for his work with international jazz and hip hop sensations BADBADNOTGOOD and Autobahn Trio. Accompanying him are electric bassist Rich Brown (Rinse the Algorithm, Dapp ...


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