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David Liebman: David Liebman Teaches and Plays: A Day at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops

In this most worthy two-DVD set recorded before a group of Aebersold Camp students at the University of Louisville in 2004, Liebman teaches expressive techniques and how to practice. At the end of each disc, he performs with a rhythm section, and on the second DVD he adds “In a Sentimental Mood” as a solo encore on tenor. There is practical instruction: “Saxophonists, don’t play with your head down; it puts pressure on the throat.” And philosophical advice: “You are singing into the horn.” His take on practicing: “It is work. Make a to-do list.” The performances are the proverbial picture-worth-a-thousand words as Liebman’s face and body portray the music coming from his tenor or soprano. You can see how he vividly applies the expressive techniques he has discussed.

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