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Sunday, November 23, 2008

To the Dave Liebman Quartet last night at Bruce Eaton's Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz program at the Albright-Knox. I have posited that many jazz performances can be described to someone who wasn't there by referencing a specific period in Miles Davis' career. A corollary proposition may be that playing with Miles is something like having been on the Harvard Law Review. No matter what else you do in your career that experience will be one of the ways you will be defined. Liebman played with Miles on the "On the Corner" sessions, and although the experience obviously informed his approach, there is more to what he does than just that. Liebman played the first half of his set on tenor, then switched to his soprano. Vic Juris on gutar, Tony Marino, bass, and Marko Marcinko, an engaging drummer. They mixed it up a bit, playing Ornette Coleman's "Beauty if a Rare Thing" along with a pretty straightforward "Green Dolphin Street", and some of their own compositions. A very satisfying set.

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