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Steuart Liebig

Steuart Liebig

What would it sound like if Count Basie asked Stravinsky to write up some charts? Pomegranate (Cryptogramophone), the new release by contrabassist Steuart Liebig.

A chamber ensemble runs through Liebig’s tightly marshaled, fractured arrangements on the CD: French hornist Tom Varner dances over and through Liebig’s harmonic thicket; bassist Mark Dresser’s roiling sea of arco overtones acts as pivot point for successive waves of duos; electric guitarist Nels Cline churns distortion clouds alongside chirping alto flutes and clarinets.

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