by Patricia Myers
Pete Christlieb, Santa's Bones" Musicians Hall, Phoenix Musicians Union, Local 586 AFM Phoenix, AZ November 30 and December 2, 2014 Concerts by tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb and a trombone ensemble called Santa's Bones" were presented as part of on ongoing series at the Musicians Hall of the Phoenix Musicians Union, Local 586 AFM. jny: Los Angeles-based Christlieb is a longtime big-band and studio musician who played 20 years in Johnny Carson's Tonight Show" ...read more
by Jack Bowers
I fell head-over-heels in love with the tenor saxophone the first time I heard Zoot Sims play one, and my heart (thank goodness) has never quite recovered from the impact. These days I have two tenors of choice, one on each coast--Eric Alexander in the east, Pete Christlieb way out west. And the strange part is, about the only thing they have in common is that they both play the same horn. Alexander is a hard-line, straight-ahead, no-nonsense swinger from ...read more
by Chris M. Slawecki
Apogee plays in a hard-bop format you almost never hear any more: saxophonists Marsh and Christleib screaming twin tenors in a quintet with piano (Lou Levy), bass (Jim Hughart) and drums (Nick Ceroli), immensely aided by several loose yet tight arrangements by Joe Roccisano. Of course, you almost never heard this format when Apogee was originally released in 1978, either.
Christleib “worked the saxophone” in “Deacon Blues” for Steely Dan on its pop breakthrough, Aja ; co-leaders Walter ...read more