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David Liebman/Don Braden/Dan Moretti: Latin Genesis

The inspiration for this septet session sans piano or guitar was Elvin Jones’ Genesis, recorded in 1971 with saxophonists Dave Liebman, Joe Farrell and Frank Foster. With four tunes from that album, plus six more tunes and a Latin-jazz rhythm section, Liebman produced Latin Genesis with assistance from Dan Moretti, who transcribed the original Genesis arrangements. This is a tenor and soprano saxophone player’s feast.

The liner notes offer no play-by-play of the saxophone solos, but listeners should be able to identify Liebman’s throaty sound and writhing, freer lines. I think Braden lies on the conservative sonic side of Liebman, with Moretti somewhere in the middle. The saxophonists’ styles complement each other, and the delight lies not only in inspired, expressive solo blowing but also in the arrangements.

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