New Release on Resonance- Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano- Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane

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 University from 2014, which featured Grammy Award- winning liner notes by Ashley Kahn.

It was in late June 2007 that NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman received a call from Robert Abel, 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 John Coltrane’s passing, Robert asked if Dave could bring in a group to record some Coltrane tunes. Partnering with Lieb’s co-leader  from Saxophone Summit, the two were able to procure bassist Ron McClure, drummer Billy Hart and pianist Phil Markowitz. 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’s art. 


This is a heartfelt, inspired session by a group of artists clearly shaped and influenced by Coltrane and dedicated to carrying on his musical legacy. Half a century after his death, this recording serves as a reminder that the music of John Coltrane remains relevant, vital and very much alive.”
“What emerges here is less a collection of licks learned than a lesson in how to take Coltrane’s improvisational and compositional approach and use them for something  utterly fresh and personal”
“You could fairly call Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane a labor of love. Also obsession, and solidarity, and communal ritual.”
WBGO-Nate Chinen
“The full breadth of the short-lived Coltrane’s legacy is rarely celebrated so authoritatively and completely.”
“Compassion is the best John Coltrane tribute of the last ten or twenty years.”
“This is music to be enjoyed wide-eyed or – better still – with eyes tightly shut as one is sucked into the vortex of John Coltrane’s music. Either way it is music to die for.”