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We Three: Three for All

Read "Three for All" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

We Three is a treat for the ears, twelve songs by three of jazz' strongest players: saxophonist Dave Liebman, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Adam Nussbaum. This group combines decades of experience and friendship, and the players' mutual respect and affection radiates through the music's easy grace. As individuals, these musicians are capable of just about any jazz genre, so when you put them together, the possibilities can't help but be robust. There's an incredible variety of ...

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We Three: Three For All

Read "Three For All" reviewed by Robert R. Calder

This is maybe my favourite Dave Liebman recording, in part because of the other two players on it. Drummer Adam Nussbaum composed the title track, and by alternating between the bass and guitar capacities of his instrument, Steve Swallow makes a little masterpiece of Liebman's creative improvisation. There's much more to it than pretty phrasing--nothing loose, perfect tension, no longueurs. When Swallow goes all bass on his own “Up and Adam," Liebman's tenor skips, displaying virtues associated ...

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We Three: Three for All

Read "Three for All" reviewed by John Kelman

Just because artists have played with each other in other contexts doesn't necessarily mean they will be successful when they come together as a unit for the first time. Saxophonist Dave Liebman has worked with electric bassist Steve Swallow before--most notably on Swallow's first release as a leader, Home (ECM, 1980)--and drummer Adam Nussbaum in an early group also featuring a young John Scofield. Nussbaum has been Swallow's drummer of choice for many years, most notably on his marvellous trio ...


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