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Liebman, David

Colors - Solo Tenor Saxophone

Liebman, David: Colors - Solo Tenor Saxophone (Hatology)


 

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David Liebman-tenor saxophone


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UPC: 752156060024

Label: Hatology
Catalog ID: Hatology600
Squidco Product Code: 10029

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at the Banff Center-Canada, Summer 1998, by Reid Kruger.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"This incredible solo saxophone recording is another courageous foray into previously uncharted territories, showcasing David Liebman's inventiveness, artistry and virtuosity. - Michael BreckerSo let's enjoy David Liebman's personal artistry. I know that I do each and every time I hear his passionate solo unaccompanied as expression and meditation. He is truly one of the masters of all time in this beautiful world of music we live in."-Joe Lovano

"I think of this recording as a complement to a soprano solo CD titled The Tree (Soul Note) recorded in the early 1990s."- David Liebman



"Dave Liebman excels at concept albums; in a sense, they form his niche, and he revels in exploiting the medium. This one is strictly about colors, as each piece is a free improvisation loosely related to a particular color. Or is it? This is not the first album to interpret the visual spectrum, with paintings the usual objects of inspiration. Strictly speaking, the association is always suspect -- not that the musician does not earnestly interpret the representation, but rarely could the association be made in reverse. It would be nearly impossible, for example, to assign colors to Liebman 's improvisations without knowing in advance which ones they apply to. Does 'green' have a special sound? How about 'blue'? Perhaps they do, subjectively. Which probably begs the question: What is important is not whether Liebman fairly translates the essence of 'brown' into notes, which is, frankly, a silly exercise, but whether, as is mostly the case here, he uses the color as a source to create something of value. Each of these short (all but one under five minutes) explorations stands on its own, and represents Liebman 's response, at the moment, to the color. Liebman 's hefty discography and experience have taken him on a wealth of trips, through Miles Davis and beyond, much of which he pours into these fascinating vignettes, which go far beyond showmanship. Liebman is too experienced to be snared by the temptation of lesser performers to pack in all his technique on each solo to show the listener what he can do. Each improvisation stands on its own, and whether it is a color or another source of inspiration, the point is that it is inspired. Which, frankly, is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome in any solo horn album. Liebman enjoys the solo recording; unlike some of his other ventures, he sticks strictly to one horn and does not engage in any manipulations of sound."-Steven Loewy, All Music Guide


Artist Biographies

"NEA Jazz Master (2011) David Liebman's career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the early 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a bandleader since. He has played on over five hundred recordings with nearly two hundred under his leadership and co-leadership. In jazz education he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books: Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound (translated into multiple languages), in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals and published chamber music. Lieb's autobiography What It Is-The Life Of A Jazz Artist (Scarecrow Press) is a fascinating look into Lieb's career. His bands over the years have included noted musicians such as John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Bob Moses, Billy Hart and others. The current group Expansions features some of the best of the younger generation. Lieb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989, which is a worldwide network of schools from nearly 40 countries. Liebman's awards, besides the NEA honor include the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz (2013); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist's award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997). He is currently teaching at the Manhattan School of Music and a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music. Dave has consistently placed in the top positions for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat, Jazz Times and JazzEd polls since 1973."

-David Liebman Website (http://davidliebman.com/home/bios/)
6/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Red 1 4:13

2. Black 1 4:45

3. White 1 4:37

4. Gray 1 5:48

5. Blue 1 4:40

6. Yellow 1 4:54

7. Red 2 3:39

8. Black 2 3:56

9. White 2 3:39

10. Gray 2 4:43

11. Blue 2 3:13

12. Yellow 2 3:24

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