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David Liebman & Bobby Avey: Vienna Dialogues

In 2005, Dave Liebman was invited to perform with the Koehne String Quartet in Vienna. As he describes in his liner notes to Vienna Dialogues, “for 45 minutes, I played completely tonal, lyrical melodies with hardly any improvisation, just interpretation. It was a musical high moment of my past few years! And it motivated me to pursue original ‘songs’ from the Classical and Romantic eras.”

The result is this CD consisting of duets between Liebman’s soprano sax and Avey’s piano. Avey is finishing his studies in the jazz department at SUNY Purchase College in New York, and did most of the arranging. After a year of rehearsal and performance, they recorded for NPR broadcast and this release. Unlike the Classical Jazz Quartet, which drastically alters classical selections to enable straight-ahead improvisation, Liebman and Avey stick to the written music, except where their arrangements allow for improvisation and personal inflections in a jazz vein.

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