Denis DiBlasio reviews several Liebman books:
Liebman Biography Available in paperback from Amazon.com – click to preview or purchase
In conversation with noted historian Lewis Porter, Liebman recounts his life with notable insights into his getting polio as a young boy and its effects; seeing Coltrane live in the clubs of New York as a teenager; studying wtih Charles Lloyd and Lenny Tristano; playing in the groups of Elvin Jones and Miles Davis; his career as a leader, teacher and more. This is a fascinating insight into what it was like in New York City as a young artist trying to break into the jazz world in the late 1960’s and 70s…truly a story of the times.
“A confluence of confidence and humility—completely aware of what he’s good at and where he needs work but, with the mind of a problem solver, always seemingly capable of addressing his challenges and moving forward—Liebman may be approaching septuagenarian status, but he still has plenty of plans and the energy, drive and work ethic to make them happen. Equal parts captivating autobiography and inspirational “you can do it too” guidebook, What It Is is just that. From Dave Liebman, you’d not expect anything less.”
-John Kelman from All About Jazz