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Contact (Liebman / Abercrombie / Copland / Gress / Hart): Five On One (Pirouet)

Five great players who have been playing jazz about four decades each come together for this album of modern jazz played with a sense of musical kinship and attitude.

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product information:

UPC: 4260041180482

Label: Pirouet
Catalog ID: 3048
Squidco Product Code: 13260

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Germany
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded January 6th and 7th 2010 by Jason Seizer at Bennett Studios, New Jersey.


Dave Liebman-tenor and soprano saxophone,

John Abercrombie-guitar,

Marc Copland-piano,

Drew Gress-bass,

Billy Hart-drums

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track listing:

1. Sendup 5:56

2. Like It Never Was 6:47

3. Childmoon Smile 6:39

4. Four On One 4:14

5. Lost Horizon 5:31

6. Retracable Cell 7:32

7. My Refrain 6:42

8. Lullaby For Imke 6:36

9. You And The Night And The Music 9:11
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"They've played together in various permutations and combinations, but Five on One represents the first time they've joined together as a discrete unit. Reconvening the Second Look (Savoy, 1996) quartet-which comprises four-fifths of Contact- pianist Marc Copland proved you can go back again with Another Place (Pirouet, 2009). The quartet's bassist, Drew Gress, has also been a longstanding member of Copland's piano trio, last heard on Night Whispers: New York Trio Recordings Vol. 3 (Pirouet, 2009). Its drummer, Billy Hart, teamed with saxophonist Dave Liebman in Quest, a late-'80s group that reunited for a 2005 tour, documented on Redemption: Live in Europe (Hatology, 2007). Finally, guitarist John Abercrombie was a charter member of the 1970s group Lookout Farm with Liebman. Closing the circle, Liebman and Copland are no strangers, having joined forces for the duo recording Bookends, and quartet set Lunar, both released in 2002 on Switzerland's Hatology label.

Contact brings these five players together for an egalitarian set of eight originals and one standard-a surprisingly open-ended look at the enduring classic, "You and the Night and the Music," which runs the gamut from a dark, modal vamp that immediately speaks Copland's distinctive harmonic voice (and provides a unique context for the song's familiar melody) to fiercely swinging grist for some uncharacteristically outgoing solo playing from the normally pensive pianist.

It's the very combination of a pianist who, more often than not, leans towards introspection and impressionism, and a saxophonist for whom the word "burning" is rarely seen far from his name, that makes Five on One such a revelation. Each player demonstrates his individual strengths and predilections, but coming together clearly pushes each into unexpected territory [...]"-John Kelman, All About Jazz

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