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Hyeseon Hong: EE-YA-GI (Stories)

Read "EE-YA-GI (Stories)" reviewed by Troy Dostert

With her rich, engaging debut release, EE-YA-GI (Stories), composer Hyeseon Hong brings her own unique approach to contemporary jazz. Using a first-rate large ensemble to showcase her compositions, she takes traditional folk forms, particularly from her native Korea, and develops them with modern big-band jazz voicings. The result is an eminently listenable and enjoyable recording, one ...

Dave Liebman Group: Expansions Live

Read "Expansions Live" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Registrato dal vivo (a Seattle, Pittsburgh e Duluth) fra l'ottobre 2014 e l'ottobre 2015, questo doppio album ci offre un'istantanea attuale di Dave Liebman e del gruppo che ne supporta i più recenti appetiti creativi. La singolarità è che il quintetto che ha realizzato l'opera si sdoppia su due profili: acustico (primo CD) ed elettrico (secondo ...


Dave Liebman Group: Expansions Live

Read "Expansions  Live" reviewed by Budd Kopman

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 ...

Dave Liebman Group: Expansions - The Puzzle

Read "Expansions - The Puzzle" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato nella primavera del 2015, The Puzzle documenta il lavoro dell'attuale gruppo di Dave Liebman, Expansions, composto da uno storico collaboratore del sassofonista, il bassista Tony Marino, e da giovani musicisti che--con l'eccezione del batterista -contribuiscono tutti alle composizioni.

Quattro di queste sono infatti di Liebman, due dell'ancista Matt Vashlishan, due di Marino e ...

Dave Liebman: Expansions: The Puzzle

Read "Expansions: The Puzzle" reviewed by Budd Kopman

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 ...


Dave Liebman Expansions at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "Dave Liebman Expansions at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dave Liebman Expansions
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
March 11, 2016

The pleasure of hearing Dave Liebman with his personally honed groups is that despite or because of personnel changes, they never stop transforming and expanding in scope and depth. In this incarnation of Liebman's now legendary groups, in addition to ...


Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: Samsara

Read "Samsara" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Dave Liebman is forever restless. An extremely emotional and expressive player, he has formed, after 20 years in a group featuring guitarist Vic Juris, the new group Expansions, purposefully bringing in and connecting with players of the younger generation. Adapting himself to their harmonic language and rhythmic patterns, he continues to expand and grow, resulting in ...


Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: Samsara

Read "Samsara" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trying to keep up with all of saxophonist Dave Liebman's musical exploits? Good luck. A year doesn't seem to go by when Liebman doesn't release multiple recordings with different bands on different labels. Take 2014 for example: it's a year that has already seen his big band-based A Tribute To Wayne Shorter (Mama Records, 2014), an ...


Phil Woods & the Festival Orchestra: New Celebration

Read "New Celebration" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Any album with the renowned Phil Woods leading a big band (or jazz orchestra) is cause for celebration, especially so when he has written all but one of the charts and takes the bulk of the alto solos. More than fifteen years have passed since Woods last recorded with the COTA Festival Orchestra from his home ...


Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Since he began to seriously pursue a career as a jazz artist back in the 1960s, Dave Liebman has been on a transformative journey towards becoming a true original in the genre. After assuming sideman slots with the likes of Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name but a few, he has certainly earned ...