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Lieb Plays The Beatles

Lieb Plays The Beatles

The David Liebman Trio with special guest John Ruocco

Label: Daybreak
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917455823
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Catalog number: DBCHR 74558
Releasedate: 08-03-13
Lieb Plays The Beatles has masterful saxophonist Dave Liebman reinventing Beatles songs in very surprising ways.
  • David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching over forty years.
  • Liebman has recorded scores of albums, ranging from post bop jazz and unaccompanied solo explorations to work with larger bands.
  • Liebman brings every performance a strong musical curiosity and a willingness to start fresh with new ideas and conceptions
  • Liebman plays with bassist Marius Beets, drummer Eric Ineke, and occasionally guest saxophonist John Roucco
  • These versions are so creative that one can imagine the Beatles themselves being surprised at what their songs inspired!
  • Liebman has played with many of the masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others
  •  "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
In his 40-year career, Dave Liebman has recorded scores of albums, ranging from post bop jazz and unaccompanied solo explorations to work with larger bands. While John Coltrane was an early influence on his tenor playing that he outgrew, his work on soprano and flute has always been original. His recordings have never been less than very interesting and quite a few are classic. Like Lee Konitz, Liebman brings to every performance a strong musical curiosity and a willingness to start fresh with new ideas and conceptions.
           
Even in his eclectic career, Lieb Plays The Beatles is an unusual departure. Liebman explores 17 Beatles songs (including seven that are part of three medleys) with bassist Marius Beets, drummer Eric Ineke, and occasionally guest saxophonist John Roucco. Rather than play “cover” versions of the tunes that are similar to the original recordings, Liebman often changes the tempos, uses the melody as a departure point for his improvisations, varies the instrumentation (which includes some pieces with just two saxophones), and ends up creating new music. In other words, this is not a “commercial” effort but instead serves as an opportunity for Liebman to dig into the fresh material in unexpected ways.
           
Among the songs explored and reinvented are “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “The Fool On The Hill” (which features Liebman on piano), “Something” and “Blackbird” (one of the few Beatles songs that could be considered a jazz standard). These versions are so creative that one can imagine the Beatles themselves being surprised at what their songs inspired!
Born 1946 in Brooklyn, NY, David Liebman is one of the most important saxophone-players of today. He played at the side of all big names in Jazz over the last decades: Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Richie Beirach, Al Foster, Billy Hart, John Scofield, to name a few. He is present on more than 300 records and as well is one of the heroes of all young saxophone students worldwide. His technical skills and his creativity appears to be without limitations, his range of expressions, from classical influences to avantgarde, is unique.