David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching nearly fifty years. He has played with masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others; authored books and instructional DVDs which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field; recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz; awarded NEA Jazz Masters (2011); Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz; multiple Grammy nominee and Downbeat/Jazz Times Critics/JEN Poll winner (soprano sax); French Order of Arts and Letters; Honorary Doctorate, Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland); Founder (1989) and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ); performed on over 500 recordings with over 200 as a leader/co-leader featuring several hundred original compositions.
“Liebman is among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music . . a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction.” Downbeat Magazine
“While others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles…he’s a fighter.” Ben Ratliff, NY Times
“The confidence that Dave Liebman shows in the chemistry of his musicians is justified and each hearing reveals new facets of these musical gems.” Ken Dryden, NYC Jazz Record
Recorded a decade ago at the legendary Clinton Recording Studios in NYC for the BBC Radio 3 show Jazz on 3, produced by Somethin’ Else, the newly revealed session commemorates the semi-centennial of Coltrane’s passing on July 17, 1967 with a seven-tune repertoire that covers each significant creative stage of Coltrane’s recorded legacy.Compassion is Resonance’s follow-up release to the acclaimed John Coltrane recording Offering: Live at Temple Universityfrom 2014, which featured Grammy Award- winning liner notes by Ashley Kahn.
It was in late June 2007 that NEA Jazz Master DaveLiebman received a call from RobertAbel, Managing Partner of the UK creative agency Somethin’ Else, to produce a show for the BBC Radio 3’s popular program Jazz on 3. Noting that July 17, 2007 marked the 40th anniversary of JohnColtrane’s passing, Robert asked if he could bring in Saxophone Summit, Liebman’s outfit co-led with Grammy Award-winner JoeLovano and Ravi Coltrane, to record an all-Coltrane program for the show. With the recording date just a few weeks away, Liebman managed to assemble regular members Lovano, Phil Markowitz, and BillyHart along with RonMcClure as a substitute for the unavailable Cecil McBee. Recorded on June 22, 2007, almost forty years to the day after John Coltrane’s death, the quintet laid down 50+ fascinating minutes of music that showcases the breadth of John Coltrane relatively short but momentous musical legacy.
“Liebman led his band through a fantastic rendition of Coltrane¹s “India,” underscoring both his thoughtful devotion (researching Coltrane’s music) and the strikingly intuitive rapport of his quintet.”
Jazz Times review of Expansion’s Newport Jazz Festival appearance (2016)
“Expansions Live” is a two CD set featuring electric and acoustic performances.
ONE OF BEST RECORDS OF 2016-DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE (4 STARS)
Three educational DVDs by Lieb (through mymusicmasteclass.com) cover material not commonly discussed; “Interpreting Melodies” highlights the various ways a melody can be personalized; “Jazz Rhythm” highlights the essence of what makes jazz rhythm so unique and how to practice it; “Advice for Musicians” is a talk by Lieb in which he discusses topics that young musicians confront concerning the business of making music and art in very practical language.
What does it feel like when you are in the vortex, the eye of the hurricane? To me it is aptly put by the French; you are (at least temporarily) “Le Roi Du Monde.” For those moments when I (as a horn player) am playing in front of a good rhythm section, I am simply “the king of the world”–everything is perfect!! One is in complete control; you can do whatever you want within that space inhabited at the moment. You are truly the master of the universe…not the cliche.. the real deal! Getting to that place takes years of experience and observing those who are ahead of you on line. There is a confidence, an unseen swagger, an assertiveness (even if the music is gentle). It’s so good that all you want is to repeat it… like a junkie…hooked forever.
George Carlin, one of the all time great comedians and observers of the human condition in his autobiography (Last Words) describes the feeling I’m referring to:
“There is nothing happening in the universe outside of that reality and that experience. When besides that I’m being rewarded with all this approval, attention, approbation for something that is solely mine and only I can do. There can’t be anything better than that. To be intensely alone, intensely myself, in control of everything, the center of a self created universe.”
(For more on this subject go to the Education tab; Educational articles;Miscellaneous; “Concerning Entering The “Zone.”)
“I have a story to share with people that I call “Seeing The Light.” It begins with contracting polio as a child, which seemed to set the course of my future in one direction, only to be changed by a pivotal event that ultimately redirected my life’s work. It is a universal story for all people concerning how an extremely powerful and personal experience, once realized, can become a catalyst for change and direction in one’s life.”
JUNE 2017 ITINERARY
Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, PA with Marc Copland, Drew Gress, Mike Stephans-June 3
Benefit concert for Buddhist Global Relief-Feed the Hungry; with Daniel Blake –June 17; 112 2nd Avenue, NYC at Middle Church (www.buddhistglobalrelief.org/)
Saxophone Summit at Birdland, NYC-last week of June with Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Billy Hart, Phil Markowitz, Cecil McBee
What It Is
Liebman’s biography available in paperback from Amazon