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Saxophone Summit: Street Talk

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Since coming together in 1999 to celebrate the late-period work of John Coltrane, the aptly named Saxophone Summit has lost only one original member. Michael Brecker passed in 2007 and was replaced by Ravi Coltrane, who has in turn been replaced by Greg Osby. The other principals, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman, are unchanged, as is the accompanying trio of pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart. As its name claims, the ensemble is ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Saxophone Summit: Visitation

Read "Saxophone Summit: Visitation" reviewed by John Kelman

After two recordings for Telarc--2004's Gathering of Spirits, with the late Michael Brecker, and 2008's Seraphic Light, with Ravi Coltrane assuming the position vacated by Brecker following his untimely passing the previous year--Saxophone Summit is back with Visitation. Funded by the (for jazz) early crowd-funding ArtistShare imprint, it demonstrates the difference between recording for a relatively major label and one where the group can, it seems, call all the shots. Not that the previous recordings were in any ...

LIVE REVIEW

Saxophone Summit: New York, April 20, 2011

Read "Saxophone Summit: New York, April 20, 2011" reviewed by Ryan Lippell

Saxophone SummitJazz Standard, Impulse! Nights--Africa/BrassNew York, NYApril 20, 2011 For Dave Liebman, it was the orange spines. For others, it was the laminated, emblematic covers with gatefolds. For everyone, Impulse! was the record label that best committed to vinyl the golden age of jazz: a fertile crescent between the late '50s and early '70s that simultaneously showcased all the branches of the jazz evolutionary tree, from Satchmo to Duke to Coltrane. To commemorate the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Saxophone Summit: Saxophone Summit: Gathering of Spirits

Read "Saxophone Summit: Gathering of Spirits" reviewed by John Kelman

The spirit of John Coltrane looms heavy over the proceedings of Saxophone Summit: Gathering of Spirits , where saxophonists Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano commit to disc the occasional grouping that they have participated in since '96. The result is something a little surprising in this era of “super groups": a trio whose collective whole is clearly greater than the sum of the parts, representing an uncompromising ensemble that gets more exciting and adventurous as the one hour ...


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