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Liebman/Coffin/Wooten/Thompson/Walters/DaSilva: On the Corner Live! The Music of Miles Davis (Ear Up)

Of the many debate-prompting releases from Miles Davis’ shape-shifting career, On the Corner (1972) may top the list. The trumpeter admitted the music was influenced by funk artists like James Brown and Sly & the Family Stone, the result being an album rooted more in rhythm than electric studio predecessors like Bitches Brew or Jack … Read More “Liebman/Coffin/Wooten/Thompson/Walters/DaSilva: On the Corner Live! The Music of Miles Davis (Ear Up)”

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No Fast Food: Settings for Three (CornerStore Jazz)

If veteran drummer, arranger, and composer Phil Haynes is busy tallying lucky stars these days, it’s easy to hear why, thanks to a pair of simultaneously released recordings that reveal the breadth of his talents and good fortune. In some ways, the albums couldn’t be more different. 60/69 My Favorite Things is an imaginative, larkish, … Read More “No Fast Food: Settings for Three (CornerStore Jazz)”

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Dave Liebman/John Stowell: Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet (Origin)

Jazz innovator, early soprano saxophone pioneer, gifted improviser with a tone so distinctive it can be recognized within microseconds—this is what musically knowledgeable folks tend to think of when Sidney Bechet’s name comes up. Composer? Not so much. But the New Orleans legend’s catalog of originals was sizable, and fellow soprano master Dave Liebman has … Read More “Dave Liebman/John Stowell: Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet (Origin)”

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Dave Liebman & Martial Solal: Masters in Bordeaux (Sunnyside)

When it comes to improvisational savvy and interpretive insight, it doesn’t get any better than these two. NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman has decoded and developed numerous forms of language over the course of the past 50 years, exploring and expanding the boundaries of jazz while establishing himself as a guiding light in the music. … Read More “Dave Liebman & Martial Solal: Masters in Bordeaux (Sunnyside)”

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Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano: Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane (Resonance)

Compassion contains more recent material than other archival releases on the Resonance label. It was recorded in 2007 for broadcast on BBC Radio in the U.K. Saxophonists Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano, pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Ron McClure and drummer Billy Hart commemorate the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane’s death in 1967. The typically classy … Read More “Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano: Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane (Resonance)”

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Dave Liebman Group: Expansions Live

A powerful testament to the abilities of saxophonist Dave Liebman’s current quintet, Expansions Live was compiled from live recordings in three cities. It’s divided into “acoustic” and “electric” discs, but this categorization isn’t entirely accurate—Bobby Avey plays electric keys on the so-called acoustic disc’s spooky run through Hermeto Pascoal’s “Selim”—and anyway, the band’s basic approach … Read More “Dave Liebman Group: Expansions Live”

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What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist by Dave Liebman in Conversation with Lewis Porter

Dave Liebman has always been one of the smartest and most forthcoming musicians of his generation, and in his new book, What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist, the saxophonist and educator holds forth on his art, life and restless creative spirit with effortless candor and lyricism. Compiled from interviews conducted by pianist, … Read More “What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist by Dave Liebman in Conversation with Lewis Porter”

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