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David Liebman, Ellery Eskelin, Tony Marino, Jim Black: Different but the Same

Dave Liebman and Ellery Eskelin’s Different but the Same (Hatology) made me think of Jack DeJohnette’s 1979 album Special Edition-in part because each album features two saxophones in the front line, yet more because both reflect the kind of restless intellectualism, physicality and artistic integrity that got me excited about jazz in the first place. Bassist Tony Marino and drummer Jim Black provide terrific rhythm accompaniment for a set of Liebman and Eskelin originals, plus a couple of lesser-known jazz classics: “Gnid” by Tadd Dameron and “Vonetta” by Wayne Shorter. There’s also a quirky arrangement of “What Is This Thing Called Love?” that’s well worth the price of admission.

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