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Carol Liebowitz/Bill Payne: Spiderwebmandala

Read "Spiderwebmandala" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Spiderwebmandala is an album that miraculously manages to simultaneously capitalize on the concepts of connectivity and detachment, toying with a form of polarity tied to the very notion of togetherness and using it as the ultimate artistic tool.

Having worked together since 2010, pianist Carol Liebowitz and clarinetist Bill Payne are more than ...

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To Be Continued: Poetry from the Future

Read "Poetry from the Future" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This band intensifies its artistic focus with a horde of subtleties that follow a largely, free-flowing and undulating course of action. Here, bassoonist Claire de Brunner provides the lower end of the tonal spectrum and contrasts her band-mates throughout these largely, delicate and investigative dialogues that cast a semblance of vignettes woven together. While the bassoon ...

To Be Continued (Carol Liebowitz, Claire de Brunner, Daniel Carter, and Kevin Norton): Poetry from the Future

Read "Poetry from the Future" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This leaderless improvising quartet utilises some unusual instruments on their recording. Bassoon is rarely heard outside of classical music and Claire de Brunner is an excellent exponent of the instrument. She studied jazz improvisation with Lee Konitz. She also studied with pianist Connie Crothers as did Carol Liebowitz, whose restrained yet vital contributions are nearly as ...

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Carol Liebowitz / Nick Lyons: First Set

Read "First Set" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The improvising legacy of Lennie Tristano continues to this day. It went through his student, the late Connie Crothers and it continues in this live set by two musicians she influenced, pianist Carol Liebowitz and saxophonist Nick Lyons recorded at Crothers' loft in 2012.

This duo does, in the old Tristano fashion, improvising rooted ...

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Carol Liebowitz / Nick Lyons: First Set

Read "First Set" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The first seven tracks presented here emanate from a series of live concerts performed in 2012, the final number “Another Time" being studio-recorded in 2007. The live concerts took place in front of an audience in the loft of Connie Crothers under whom Carol Liebowitz studied piano.

This improvisational pair recalls the duo performances ...

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Bill Payne/Eva Lindal/Carol Liebowitz: Payne Lindal Liebowitz

Read "Payne Lindal Liebowitz" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Clarinetist Bill Payne is a bold but sensitive improviser from the pianist Lennie Tristano's school of musical thought. Violinist Eva Lindal has a solid footing in the Avant-Garde western classical tradition. Carol Liebowitz is an urbane and dramatic pianist who creates unique blends of jazz and free improvisation. All three have long associations with pianist Connie ...

Payne Lindal Liebowitz: Payne Lindal Liebowitz

Read "Payne Lindal Liebowitz" reviewed by John Eyles

On paper, the instrumentation of the trio of clarinetist Bill Payne, violinist Eva Lindal and pianist Carol Liebowitz looks perfectly suited to some form of chamber music, if not classical compositions then something equally polite. But, the music produced by the threesome totally belies such expectations as it is totally improvised, with nothing preconceived. Of course, ...