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LABtrio: Nature City

Read "Nature City" reviewed by Henning Bolte

When you consider the ages of the musicians of this trio from Belgium (26, 28 and 30 years) you notice it is a young group. When you take into account the decade these three musicians, bassist Anneleen Boehme, drummer Lander Gyselinck and pianist Bram de Looze, have been working together, you can only come to the ...

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Dave Liebman/Richie Beirach: Unspoken

Read "Dave Liebman/Richie Beirach: Unspoken" reviewed by John Kelman

Dave Liebman / Richie Beirach
Unspoken
OutNote Records
2011

It's one thing for individual artists' voices to be instantly recognizable, another thing entirely when a readily identifiable language evolves amongst them, one that's absent when they're apart. There's no mistaking the bop-rooted expressionism that saxophonist Dave Liebman imbues with oblique lyricism, ...

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Lee Konitz / Dave Liebman / Richie Beirach: KnowingLee

Read "KnowingLee" reviewed by John Kelman

While there is some truth in the old adage “if it ain't broke don't fix it," it's not always bad to mess with a good thing. Saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach have been playing together for over 40 years, in ensembles ranging from the big band of Quest for Freedom (Sunnyside, 2010) and smaller ...

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Quest: Re-Dial: Live in Hamburg

Read "Re-Dial: Live in Hamburg" reviewed by John Kelman

The new millennium seems to be a time when groups are reuniting, sometimes to even greater acclaim than they achieved the first time around. It's also a time when aging jazz musicians are lighting a fire under their own careers, ramping up their output and broadening their reach. Saxophonist Dave Liebman's activity in the past year ...

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Joachim Gies: Different Distances

Read "Different Distances" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Joachim Gies plays soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, as well as bass clarinet. This is a disc of 23 brief duos (the longest is four-and-a-half minutes; there's also a solo Gies piece that's just over seven minutes) played by Gies with, variously, mezzo-soprano Ute Döring; Alex Nowitz (male voice, live electronics); Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky (alto sax); Thomas ...