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A composition written for collaboration between Charles Evans and David Liebman, an unusual pairing of soprano and baritone saxophones, in a quartet with pianist Ron Stabinsky and bassist Tony Marino.

Evans, Charles with Liebman / Marino / Stabinsky
Subliminal Leaps

Evans, Charles with Liebman / Marino / Stabinsky: Subliminal Leaps (More Is More)
Label: More Is More    
Released in: USA    

"Subliminal Leaps finds the well traveled baritone saxophonist Charles Evans utilizing jazz instrumentation but with 20th century classic techniques and harmonies, the influx of free jazz improvisation in this setting may well redefine the avaunt garde movement as we know it. Oh yeah, did I mention this work was specifically written for and features saxophone master David Liebman? Dave Liebman put down his tenor for a fifteen year stretch in an effort to establish a personal voice on soprano. Mission accomplished.

This rare combination of baritone and soprano saxophone is part of the small jazz collective here with long time Liebman friend and colleague bassist Tony Marino and pianist Ron Stabinsky who plays an incredibly important role in this most daring of projects. Stabinsky plays with a deft touch yet an expansive spatial quality that serves as the rhythmic glue binding this drummer less 4tet together. The chemistry on display is highly indicative of egos having been checked at the door and a harmonic exploration of melody is the focal point of this deconstructed journey into the improvisational unknown.

To sidestep the more traditional jazz vocabulary is no small task, to attempt this with an instrumental titan of the stature of a David Liebman will either work as a triumphant excursion of sonic bliss or...crash and burn quickly. Liebman and Evans work hand in glove and while some of the chromatic harmony may sound foreign at first, the synergy moves the music into an engaging realm and newly discovered idiom for both musicians and aficionados alike.

Improvisational music be it referred to as jazz or any other arbitrary label is about the spontaneous creation of human expression."-Brent Black, Critical Jazz

"Ron Stabinsky recently released his debut album, Free for One, the culmination of more than a decade of evolving his improvised solo language. In addition to continuing to pursue his ongoing interest in solo piano improvisation, he enjoys working on music in a stylistically diverse array of situations throughout the United States and Europe with many other musicians and ensembles, including free-improvising saxophonist Jack Wright, bass trombone virtuoso David Taylor, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Recent festival appearances include Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Moers Festival (Germany), Jazzfestival Saalfelden (Austria), Outreach Festival (Austria), and Jazz and More Festival Sibiu (Romania). He is currently a regular member of the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the new music ensemble Relâche, the Charles Evans Quartet, and the Peter Evans Quintet."

-Ron Stabinsky 2/22/2017

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Product Information:

UPC: 884501946742

Label: More Is More
Catalog ID: 132
Squidco Product Code: 18007

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Carl Shinko.


Charles Evans-baritone saxophone

David Liebman-soprano saxophone

Ron Stabinsky-piano

Tony Marino-bass

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Track Listing:

1. Dreamed-Out March 8:07

2. Certain Soprano 4:00

3. Mahler Method 12:24

4. Interruptions 5:59

5. Subliminal Leaps 14:53

6. Reprise 1:37