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Frank Tiberi: The Thundering is Still Heard

Read "Frank Tiberi: The Thundering is Still Heard" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The term “ninety-two years young" is a bit cliché, but if the shoe fits (oops, another cliché). Saxophonist Frank Tiberi (pictured above playing with saxophonist and long time friend George Garzone to the left) spoke with the verve and energy of a much younger man. He got excited, as if being back in the moment, when telling stories of as far back as the 1930s. We laughed, and I learned, in a conversation that covered a lot of ground.

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Frank Tiberi, Joe Lovano and George Garzone: Tiberian Mode

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While the three tenor saxophone soloists with piano, bass, and drums was already a proven sextet formula, the Tiberian Mode is one of vast reproportioning and accelerated creativity. Led by big band divinity Frank Tiberi and two of his disciples, George Garzone, and Joe Lovano, the project unleashes power, vigor, and contrasting jazz sensibilities. Attention is piqued even before listening when you learn that the first song is the first and last section of John Coltrane's “Giant Steps" ...

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Frank Tiberi: 4 Brothers 7

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Ah, nostalgia. What would we do without it? The warm, fuzzy feelings take us back to less complicated times when the cares of the world were always somewhere else, bothering someone else. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Frank Tiberi has chosen, on 4 Brothers 7, to offer a remembrance of the Woody Herman Band and, in particular, its Second Herd, also known as the Four Brothers Band. The 7> in the title represents the Tiberi group's seven players: four saxophones and ...

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Frank Tiberi: 4 Brothers 7

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This is a clever idea, and a scary one as well. Clever because it seeks to recreate the innovative “four brothers sound (three tenor saxophones, one baritone) made famous by Woody Herman's legendary Second Herd; scary because whoever undertakes the assignment has some enormous shoes to fill (Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herbie Steward, Serge Chaloff). Happily for the listener, these seasoned front-liners--each of whom played with Woody at various times--wear them quite well, even as one concedes that no claimants ...

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Frank Tiberi: Tiberian Mode

Read "Tiberian Mode" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Better late than never. Although Frank Tiberi’s stature among his fellow musicians approaches legendary, it took a Woody Herman alumnus (John Nugent) with his own record company to appreciate the benefits of bringing the present leader of the Herman Herd into a studio to document his prodigious talents. And while doing so, to invite two of Tiberi’s ardent admirers and former “students,” saxophonists Joe Lovano and George Garzone, to take part in the session. Lovano and Garzone are graduates of ...


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