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Settings For Three: No Fast Food

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It would be easy enough to cite this trio as a veritable jazz supergroup. And as one would surmise, the musicians give it their best shot. It's the trio's third album and first not recorded from a live performance. Here, legendary reedman David Liebman uses various flutes and saxophones, yet this is a democratic engagement where each player serves a crucial role. Indeed, their insightful improv tactics and acute communications rule the roost via somber ballads and popping funk vamps, ...

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Dave Liebman - Tatsuya Nakatani - Adam Rudolph: The Unknowable

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Sax great David Liebman, multitalented percussionist, bandleader Adam Rudolph and prominent Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani project an otherworldly, Uber world jazz tome on this recording of spontaneous compositions, where song titles were appended by Rudolph as he listened to the track mix. Thanks to the crystalline audio characteristics, the production offers a very detailed soundstage. The percussionists employ an arsenal of Eastern and Western instruments, aside from Rudolph's live electronic processing maneuvers as the music encompasses an electro-organic ...

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Dave Liebman/John Stowell: Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet

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Saxophonist Dave Liebman leans “outside" for the most part. He came to a measure of fame in the bands of Miles Davis, during one of the influential trumpeter's decidedly outside periods--the 1970s, when Liebman participated in Davis' On The Corner (Columbia Records, 1972), Dark Magus (CBS-Sony, 1975), and Get Up With It (Columbia, 1977). Post-Davis, the always prolific and adventurous Liebman offered up scores of recordings under his own name. Moving to the new millennium, these include Turnaround: ...

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Liebman/Murley Quartet: Live at U of T

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Veteran jazz-er Dave Liebman and Mike Murley blow their saxophones like kindred souls on Live at U of T. In front of an appreciative audience, fronting an inspired bass/drum team, and no guitar or keyboard in the mix--the music is a mixture of liquid freedom, low flame fire, and relative restraint (the “restraint" thing in consideration much of Liebman's discography; the man can fly quite free when the inspiration strikes him). If you want to call it “Free," it would ...

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Martial Solal & Dave Liebman: Masters In Bordeaux

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This should have happened a long time ago. Veteran jazz icons Martial Solal and Dave Liebman had never played together before the the Paris jazz club dates that served as a warm-up of sorts for this set, Masters In Bordeaux, recorded at the Jazz And Wine Festival in Bordeaux, France. Paris-based pianist Solal, ninety years old now, began his career in the 1950s, in small groups, big bands, and as a crafter of soundtracks. His style is a ...

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Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano: Compassion: The Music Of John Coltrane

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In 2007 BBC Radio commissioned saxophonist Dave Liebman to record an all-Coltrane program to mark the 40th anniversary of legendary saxophonist/composer John Coltrane's passing. Asked to bring in Saxophone Summit--the band Liebman co-led with fellow saxophonists Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane--Liebman managed to assemble regular members Lovano, pianist Phil Markowitz, and drummer Billy Hart, along with bassist Ron McClure as a substitute for the unavailable Cecil McBee. Ten years later, the session is being released to commemorate the 50th anniversary ...

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Dave Liebman Group: Expansions Live

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For those that know soprano saxophonist David Liebman's latest group Expansions from their first two studio albums, Samsara and The Puzzle, the double CD Expansions Live will be the lodestone for this quintet (Liebman, reedman Matt Vashlishan, keyboardist Bobby Avey, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz). Playing a few of the tunes from the earlier albums ("Continues To Ignore," “Vendetta," “Good Bait" and “Dans de la Fureur" from The Puzzle and “Ugly Beauty" and “Liberian Hummingbird" from ...

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Live Trane: Never Before, Never After

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NEA Jazz Master and much celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator and author Dave Liebman recounts the life-changing experiences of witnessing live performances by John Coltrane as told to Dave Kaufman. I always say my epiphany was the first time I saw Coltrane in February of 1962 at Birdland. The fact that I even knew about Birdland at 15 years old was because I was invited to go there a few months earlier by some of the older guys ...

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Dave Liebman and Michael Kaplan: How Does the Brain Make All that Jazz?

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With recent advances in neuroscience, the relationship between music and the brain has become the subject of new research and generated a great deal of public interest. Best sellers like Oliver Sacks' Musicophilia (Knopf, 2007) and Daniel Levitin's This Is Your Brain On Music (Dutton Penguin, 2006) have brought the attention of a wider public to the mysterious ways in which the billions of neurons (nerve cells) in our brain hear, process, and produce sounds that are meaningful and even ...

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Dave Liebman: Expansions: The Puzzle

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The Puzzle is the terrfic follow-up recording by David Liebman's new group, Expansions, the first being Samsara. No sophomore jinx here; if anything, the group has coalesced further and is even tighter. To throw out a (perhaps meaningless) label, this music could be called hyper-bop in its mix of well-placed dissonance, rhythmic displacements and the pure joy of blowing. Yes, it can get heady, but this music is anything but sterile and passion, of either high or low ...