3

Carol Liebowitz / Nick Lyons: First Set

Jerome Wilson By

Sign in to view read count
Carol Liebowitz / Nick Lyons: First Set
The improvising legacy of Lennie Tristano continues to this day. It went through his student, the late Connie Crothers and it continues in this live set by two musicians she influenced, pianist Carol Liebowitz and saxophonist Nick Lyons recorded at Crothers' loft in 2012.

This duo does, in the old Tristano fashion, improvising rooted in standards though you have to listen very closely to detect the skeletons of "You Stepped Out Of A Dream" in "Carol's Dream" or "What Is This Thing Called Love" in "The Very Thing." Lyons and Liebowitz have very complimentary sounds. Lyons' alto often sounds sour and faint and might be hard to take in other contexts but he fits snugly against Liebowitz's heavy, running piano chords. "The Very Thing" is one of the best examples of their work together. Liebowitz rolls out a busy, dense melody while Lyons' sharp notes offhandedly trail away into the air like wisps of smoke. At first you think his playing is tentative but when you listen to the entire set you realize he's making deliberate choices.

On other pieces like "Reverie" and "Ephemera" Lyons comes across even fainter and Liebowitz reacts with hard-charging waves of piano. "Roy's Joy" actually a prominent melody based on "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You." Lyons swings with a surprisingly robust force while Liebowitz bangs chords in support and repeats and switches phrases in her solo in a manner that almost sounds like a DJ cutting up beats on a turntable.

On first hearing, this music comes off directionless and discordant but when you listen closely you come to realize that there's a close musical telepathy between the two players and a purpose behind everything they play. Lyons and Liebowitz can turn the familiar into dazzling new creations.

Track Listing

Carol’s Dream; Turquoise Echo; Twain Shall Meet; The Very Thing; Ephemera; Reverie On A Sunday Afternoon; Roy’s Joy; Another Time.

Personnel

Carol Liebowitz: piano; Nick Lyons: alto saxophone.

Album information

Title: First Set | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Line Art Records

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Blue Has A Range
Blue Has A Range
Steve Cardenas
Read BLIK
BLIK
Radio Bévort
Read Disturbed Nature
Disturbed Nature
Meerkat Parade
Read Chaos
Chaos
Julius Windisch Quartet
Read Chicago Waves
Chicago Waves
Carlos Niño / Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Read Last Desert
Last Desert
Liberty Ellman
Read Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can
Jeff Hamilton Trio

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.