David Liebman

Trio + One

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Soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman is joined by bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette for these adventurous studio sessions from 1988, in which the chordless format works to the trio's advantage. All of the pieces are Liebman originals, some, like "All the Things That...," inspired by a familiar standard (in this case, "All the Things You Are") and some not. Liebman has long been one of the top soprano players, while in Holland and DeJohnette he has a sympathetic rhythm section to accompany his flights. Among the highlights are the haunting "Return to Napanoch" and the humorous free jazz vehicle "It's Different Out There." Liebman's wife, oboist Caris Visentin, is a guest on several tracks, including the brooding "Master of the Obvious" and the intricate "While We're on the Subject." Currently out of print following the demise of the Owl label, this valuable CD is somewhat difficult to acquire.

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