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Liebman / Brecker / Copland / Alessi / Gress / Baron: QuinT5T (Inner Voice Jazz)

Compatriots in bands over many years, the quintet of David Liebman on saxophones, Randy Brecker on trumpets, Marc Copland on piano, Drew Gress on bass and Joey Baron on drums, joined by trumpeter Ralph Alessi on 2 tracks, come together to bring joyfully lyrical enthusiasm and masterful skill to works by Liebman, Gress, Baron, Brecker, and Ellington.
 

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David Liebman-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Randy Brecker-trumpet, Flugelhorn

Marc Copland-piano

Ralph Alessi-trumpet

Drew Gress-bass

Joey Baron-drums


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UPC: 0678247688154

Label: Inner Voice Jazz
Catalog ID: IVJ 106
Squidco Product Code: 29421

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at The Samurai Hotel, in New York, New York, on January 26th and 27th, 2020, by David Stoller.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"For the first time anywhere, Birdland presents all five onstage together! David Liebman, Marc Copland, Ralph Alessi, Drew Gress and Joey Baron are well known contemporary jazz masters on each a player, composer, and bandleader in his own right.

Grounded in the jazz tradition, they are also committed to stretching the boundaries of the possible. These musicians have years of experience touring and recording together on Baron and Copland in Gary Peacock's trio; Gress and Baron in Copland's trio; NEA Master David Liebman and Copland in duo, quartets, and quintets; Drew Gress in Ralph Alessi's ECM groups; and Alessi in Copland's quartet. All the members contribute tunes to the band's repertoire.

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, and continuing as a bandleader since. He is featured on over five hundred recordings on nearly two hundred under his leadership and co on leadership. Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ on 1989), Dave is a renowned educator and lecturer, author of several books and numerous magazine articles, composer of chamber music, and lecturer on teaching DVDs. His bands over the years have included noted musicians such as Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, John Scofield, and others. . Awards include the Jazz Educators Network 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); and Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland on 1997). He currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and is guest lecturer at the 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.

The most prolific pianist of the millennium, Copland has recorded some 35 CDs as a leader during the last twenty years. Noted for his sense of touch, Copland's been called "a rare bird...one of the best pianists in the history of jazz, the greatest piano poet since Bill Evans." His recordings from 2000 to 2004 include the breakout trio disc Haunted Heart (Hatology) and two solo excursions, Poetic Motion (Sketch) and Time Within Time (Hatology). From 2005 to 2012, he recorded exclusively with Pirouet records, including the "New York Trio Series," which solidified his position as an innovator on his instrument. Volume III of the series, "Night Whispers," was hailed by Down Beat as "the strongest top to bottom and most poetic album I've heard in a while," and was listed as one of DB's "best CDs of the decade." From 2013 to 2017 Copland recorded four times for ECM records as a member of the Abercrombie quartet (39 Steps, Up and Coming), and Gary Peacock's trio (Now This, Tangents). In 2016 his own label produced two quartet albums with Ralph Alessi (Zenith and Better by Far), as well as the solo album Nightfall. His most recent CDs are And I Love Her (Illusions/Mirage), a return to the trio format (Drew Gress and Joey Baron); and Gary (Illusions), a solo piano interpretation of Gary Peacock compositions, named by France's Jazz Magazine as one of the best three jazz CDs of 2018.

Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco,CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. After taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass on he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts on he moved to New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. A frequent collaborator with Don Byron, Uri Caine, Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Marc Copland, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, and Dafnis Prieto, Alessi has recorded nine albums as a leader, his original compositions drawing on everything from post on bop to neo on classical music. Jazz Times named his debut CD "This Against That"' one of the ten best recordings of 2002. "Cognitive Dissonance" was one of The New Republic's top ten records of 2011. Releases on the prestigious ECM label followed, including "Baida" and "Imaginary Friends." "Only Many", a duo recording with pianist Fred Hersch on CAMJazz, displays his talents in an intimate setting. Alessi has been a member of the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and is currently the founder and director of the School for Improvisational Music (www.schoolforimprov.org), a non on profit entity that holds workshops in New York City and abroad. Since 2002, he has been on the jazz faculties of New York University and the New England Conservatory.

Bassist/composer Drew Gress performs extensively with artists on the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music. He may not be the busiest bassist ever ("I don't think so, man. What about Ron Carter?", the bassist comments wryly), but he's probably playing somewhere tonight. His project 7 Black Butterflies (Premonition Records), featured 9 of Drew¹s original compositions and was the follow up to 2001's Spin and Drift, which received widespread critical acclaim and also featured Drew's pedal on steel guitar playing. He leads the quartet Jagged Sky; their debut recording, Heyday (Soul Note) was released in 1998 and is now considered somewhat of an underground classic. Previously, he was a founding member of the cooperative quartet Joint Venture, producing three albums in the early 1990s for Enja: Joint Venture, Ways, and Mirrors. Gress has been a member of Marc Copland's trios for over a decade, lending his stunning sense of accompaniment and prodigious soloistic technique to the pianist's recordings and concerts. Drew can be heard on CDs of Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Uri Caine, Bill Carrothers, Gerald Cleaver, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, Tony Malaby, and Mat Maneri. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and Chamber Music America

Joey Baron, born in 1955 in Richmond,Virginia, started playing at age 9. His unique approach to making music with the drum set , led to extended tenures with jazz icons Jim Hall, Steve Kuhn, John Abercrombie, and Gary Peacock. His long on term collaboration with Bill Frisell was recently documented and released (Just Listen, Relative Pitch, 2013.) Baron's activities include solo concerts, workshops, master classes, drum music collaborations with percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky (Dinosaur Dances), and ongoing projects with John Zorn, Lee Konitz, the Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas quintet (Sound Prints), and the trio Now This with Gary Peacock and Marc Copland (ECM). Joey's also known for his work with Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Tim Berne, David Bowie, Randy Brecker, Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Philip Glass, Jim Hall, Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae, Jay McShann, Pat Martino, Art Pepper, David Sanborn, John Scofield, and Big Joe Turner. As a leader, Joey's Down Home finds him with an all star band of Ron Carter, Arthur Blythe and Bill Frisell. He led the trio "Barondown", with Ellery Eskelin (tenor) and Steve Swell (trombone) (Crackshot, Avant), Raised Pleasure Dot (New World) and Tongue in Groove (JMT)." on Jazz Blues News


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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/)
2/26/2024

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"Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa.

Born in 1945 in Philadelphia to a musical family, Randy's musical talent was nurtured from an early age. He attended Indiana University from 1963-66 studying with Bill Adam, David Baker and Jerry Coker and later moved to New York where he landed gigs with such prominent bands as Clark Terry's Big Bad Band, the Duke Pearson Big Band and the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.

In 1967, Randy ventured into jazz-rock with the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, but left to join the Horace Silver Quintet. He recorded his first solo album, 'Score', in 1968, featuring a young, then unknown 19 year-old tenor saxophonist named Michael Brecker.

After Horace Silver, Randy joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers before teaming up with brother Michael, Barry Rogers, Billy Cobham, and John Abercrombie to form the seminal fusion group 'Dreams'. The group recorded two adventurous and wildly acclaimed albums: 'Dreams' and 'Imagine My Surprise' - now collector's items - for Columbia Records before they disbanded in 1971.

In the early 1970s, Randy performed live with many prominent artists including Larry Coryell's Eleventh House, Stevie Wonder and Billy Cobham. He also recorded several classic albums with his brother under the leadership of the great pianist/composer Hal Galper.

By 1975, Randy and Michael were ready to front their own group, the Brecker Brothers Band. A band of immeasurable impact and influence, they released six albums on Arista and garnered seven Grammy nominations between 1975 and 1981. Their eponymous first record, which Randy wrote, arranged and produced, featured his now classic composition "Some Skunk Funk."

In 1992, exactly ten years after they parted ways to pursue solo careers, Randy and Michael reunited for a world tour and the triple-Grammy nominated GRP recording, 'The Return of the Brecker Brothers'. The follow-up, 1994's 'Out of the Loop,' was a double-Grammy winner. [...]"

-Randy Brecker Website (https://randybrecker.com/about/)
2/26/2024

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"Marc Copland (born May 27, 1948, as Marc Cohen) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Copland became part of the jazz scene in Philadelphia in the early 1960s as a saxophonist, and later moved to New York City, where he experimented with electric alto saxophone. In the early 1970s, while pursuing his own harmonic concept, he grew dissatisfied with what he felt were inherent limitations in the saxophone and moved to the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, where he remained for a decade to retrain as a jazz pianist. He returned to New York in the mid-1980s."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Copland)
2/26/2024

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"Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco,CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. After taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass-he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts-he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Marc Copland. Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music. He currently records for the ECM record label including his 2016 release Quiver. In 2018, he will release a new This Against That record on the label. As an educator, Ralph is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Nevada-Reno as well as the director of the School for Improvisational Music."

-Ralph Alessi Website (http://www.ralphalessi.com/html/about.php)
2/26/2024

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"Drew Gress (born November 20, 1959) is an American jazz double-bassist and composer born in Trenton, New Jersey, raised in the Philadelphia area, and currently based in New York City.

Biography

Gress became interested in jazz and the double bass while a teenager, joining the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band, a nationally-prominent high school jazz ensemble, in 1975, spending two years as bassist and arranger for the group. His interest in composing original material for large ensembles, such as those of Johnny Richards, Billy May, and Pat Williams, led him to Baltimore's Towson State University in 1977, where he studied composition and counterpoint with Hank Levy, known for his work with Don Ellis and Stan Kenton. While at Towson, Gress established a playing relationship with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, with whom he cofounded Joint Venture with Paul Smoker and Phil Haynes. They released three albums on Enja Records between 1987 and 1994.

During the 1980s in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, he played with Sonny Stitt, Clifford Jordan, Albert Dailey, Mose Allison, Zoot Sims, Cab Calloway, Buddy Hackett, Phyllis Diller, and pianist Marc Copland, with whom he still plays today. He also served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, Towson State University, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. He formed a quartet, Tekke, in 1989 with David Kane, Glenn Cashman, and Michael Smith.

In 1997, he cofounded the cooperative improvising trio Paraphrase with saxophonist/composer Tim Berne and drummer Tom Rainey. Together, they pursued a compositional approach to free improvisational practice. They recorded three live albums together and toured extensively.

In 1998, he released his first album as leader, Heyday, with his band Jagged Sky (featuring David Binney, Ben Monder, and Kenny Wollesen). 2001 saw the release of Spin & Drift with Uri Caine, Berne, and Rainey, in which he played pedal steel guitar for the first time.

Earlier in the 1990s, he served tenures as artist in residence at University of Colorado-Boulder and at Russia's St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Since 1992, Gress has maintained an extensive touring schedule, traveling to Europe, Asia, and South America. Those with whom he has and continues to work include Tim Berne, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, John Hollenbeck, Fred Hersch, Marc Copland, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Jack DeJohnette, John Surman, Ray Anderson, Erik Friedlander, Kenny Werner, Bill Carrothers, Ralph Alessi, Tony Malaby, Steve Lehman, and Edsel Gomez. To date, he has appeared on over 140 recordings, 4 of which have received Grammy nominations.

Gress' own ensembles have toured Europe four times since 2002, in addition to isolated festival appearances in Italy and Portugal. In 2004, the UK's BBC Radio and London's Guardian selected his quartet's live radio broadcast as Jazz Concert of the Year.

Composition awards include an NEA grant (1990), funding from Meet the Composer (2003), a Chamber Music America New Works Grant (2005), a CMA French-American Exchange Grant (2007), and an Encore Grant from that same organization (2008). He continues to compose for larger groups and has begun experimenting with virtual synthesizers."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Gress)
2/26/2024

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"Bernard Joseph Baron (born June 26, 1955 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American avant-garde jazz drummer who plays frequently with Bill Frisell and John Zorn.

Baron was born on June 26, 1955, in Richmond Virginia. When he was nine, he taught himself how to play the drums. As a teenager, he played in rock bands and dixieland jazz groups. After high school, he spent a year at the Berklee College of Music. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s and embarked on a professional career, playing with Carmen McRae and Al Jarreau. He worked as a freelance drummer and session musician with Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Hampton Hawes.

In 1982 he moved to New York City and joined guitarist Bill Frisell, with whom he would play often throughout his career. He also played in groups with Red Rodney, Fred Hersch, Enrico Pieranunzi, and Marc Johnson. Starting in the late 1980s, he became a bigger part of the avant-garde jazz scene when he played regularly at the Knitting Factory, recorded with singer Laurie Anderson, and began a long association with John Zorn. For several years he participated in Zorn's projects Naked City and Masada.

Baron contributed to David Bowie's Outside (1995). Bowie would later praise Baron, stating: "Metronomes shake in fear, he's so steady." "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Baron)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Mystery Song 5:52

2. Off a Bird 3:48

3. Figment 7:51

4. Broken Time 6:45

5. Moontide 9:55

6. Child at Play 6:58

7. Broken Time [Reprise] 3:39

8. There's a Mingus Amonk Us 6:27

9. Pocketful of Change 9:11

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