A really unusual solo album from Dave Liebman – one that doesn't just feature saxophones, but also a variety of other instruments as well – including piano, percussion, and even a bit of electronics! Each track has a different approach, and Dave is overdubbed on some – mixing flute and keyboards, piano and saxophone, and so on – with results that are very different than some of his other recordings – and which make the whole thing an overlooked standout from this point in his career. Titles include "Snake Charmer", "Legacy", "The Vanguard", "Spirit", "Blues N Dues", "Dissonant Discourse", and the three party "Ethnic Suite". CD
DavidLiebman plays solo, but not in a way that's spare or lonely at all – as the record often features Dave overdubbing himself on a variety of instruments – including soprano sax, flute, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards! Liebman jokingly refers to the record in the notes as "playing with myself", but the approach is much better than that – and instead creates one of the most personal, poetic albums we've ever heard from the legendary reedman. Titles include "Hiroshima Memorial", "Guided Dream", "Words", "The Power Of The Cross", and "Translucence". CD
(Part of the Modern Jazz Connection series!)
DavidLiebman/Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake —
Chi ... CD Rare Noise (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
One of the most spiritual albums in years from saxophonist Dave Liebman – but maybe that comes as no surprise, given that he's working here with percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake! The tracks are often grounded in percussion – used by both musicians at a less rhythmic level than you might expect, especially Drake – who always has a great way of evoking so many different sounds from his instruments. Rudolph brings in a bit of electronics – but never much at all, and always used in very subtle ways – and both he and Liebman play piano at points, on different tracks – while Dave blows soprano, tenor, and wooden recorder. Titles include "Flux", "Continuum", "Emergence", "Whirl", and "Formless Form". CD
New Light (DavidLiebman) —
Live In Oslo ... CD PM/Solid (Japan), 2006. New Copy ...
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You might not recognize the name of the New Light quartet – but the group's a great showcase for the later talents of saxophonist Dave Liebman – a straight, swinging group that has Dave joined in the frontline by Petter Wettre on tenor – alongside the mighty bass of Gene Perla, and the drums of Scott Neumann! Perla's rich tone really keeps things grounded, as the group make their way through some very long, live selections – with Liebman on soprano and wood flute, as well as tenor – on tunes that include "Oasis", "Sombra", "Fancy Free", and "Brite Piece". CD
An excellent set from reedman Dave Liebman – easily one of his most soulful from the 70s, thanks to some key currents in the group! John Scofield is on the session – playing guitar, but sometimes with this phrasing that almost feels more like a keyboard – especially in the way it layers into the rhythms from Ron McClure on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums – who work with John to carve out these nicely chunky moments that allow Dave to really take off on tenor and soprano sax. The great Terumasa Hino is also in the combo – and his work on trumpet and flugelhorn is brilliant – this bold, flowing sense of color that really illuminates things – and without which, the album would be far less. Titles include "Cliff's Vibes", "Stardust", "Lady", and "Doin It Again". CD
A real standout in the classic catalog of ECM – not only because the record's got a slightly different inspiration than most, but also because it seems to unlock some especially beautiful moments from players who could sound different in other settings on the label! As the title indicates, the tunes here all take inspiration from the poetry of Robert Creeley – but never in a mode that's got the usual jazz meets poetry approach – as Sheila Jordan sings the lyrics when they appear, with a sense of her own power that's very different than a more standard recitation – and which, to us, really feels a lot like her great vocal performances with Steve Kuhn for ECM. Kuhn is also in the group on piano, and other musicians include DavidLiebman on saxes, Lyle Mays on keyboards, and Bob Moses on drums – all working under the superb leadership of bassist Steve Swallow – who really outdid himself with the depth of feeling in this project. Titles include "Colors", "In The Fall", "She Was Young", "Some Echoes", "Ice Cream", and "You Didn't Think". CD
Not the entire best of Japanese trumpet giant Terumasa Hino – but a sweet little set that brings together late 70s material from his electric run on the Flying Disk label! Hino was always a surprisingly versatile trumpeter – and although he spent the earlier part of the 70s doing more spiritual sessions, his late 70s output was equally great – but in a tighter, more soulful fusion mode! The shift is a bit like that of Freddie Hubbard – and like Hubbard, Hino was able to keep all the depth of his earlier work when making a shift to more electric modes. A number of these tracks also feature contributions from American jazz players – including fusion heavyweights Dave Liebman, Leon Pendarvis, David Spinozza, John Tropea, and Steve Gadd – and the tracks have a nice blend of jazz and R&B styles, handled with the perfection of the Japanese fusion scene of the time. Titles include "Samba De La Cruz", "Still Be Bop", "City Connection", "Antigua Boy", "Gently", and "Sty In My Waking Heart". CD includes bonus tracks – single versions of "Sweeter & Sweeter","Antigua Boy", and "City Connection". CD
A overlooked gem in Elvin Jones' Blue Note career – and an album that's virtually the blueprint for the Stone Alliance sound forged later in the decade by bassist Gene Perla and reedman Steve Grossman! Both players are working to full effect on this smoking little set – mixing some of the more spiritual modes of other group members with their own sharper-edged, funky-leaning styles – all held together perfectly by both Jones' tight work on drums, and his expansive musical vision! Other players are great too – and include Pepper Adams on baritone sax, DavidLiebman on flute and tenor, and Jan Hammer on acoustic piano – an instrument he handles with surprising subtlety and soul. Many cuts have a hard, choppy groove – and titles include a remake of "Gee Gee", plus "One's Native Place", "Mr Jones", and "What's Up – That's It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
John McNeil —
Faun ... LP Steeplechase (Denmark), 1979. Very Good ...
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With McNeil on trumpet, DavidLiebman on tenor and soprano sax, Richie Beirach on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. LP, Vinyl record album