Liebman Plays Puccini: A Walk in the Clouds

Liebman Plays Puccini: A Walk in the Clouds

by David Liebman
     
 

Saxophonist David Liebman extends his laudable technical faculties with this very impressive venture into the third stream as he redirects his jazz vernacular toward the famed arias of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). On this 2001 release, Liebman garners strong assistance from famed alto saxophonist Phil Woods, drummer Matt Wilson, and operatic vocalist See more details below

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Saxophonist David Liebman extends his laudable technical faculties with this very impressive venture into the third stream as he redirects his jazz vernacular toward the famed arias of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). On this 2001 release, Liebman garners strong assistance from famed alto saxophonist Phil Woods, drummer Matt Wilson, and operatic vocalist Lenora Zenzalai Helm, along with a woodwind section, strings, and his present working unit. Historically, projects such as these have been deeply scrutinized by both jazz and classical purists. Meanwhile, Liebman situates himself in a position where he captures the essence of operatic dramatizations alongside multi-hued portraitures consisting of duets, cleverly articulated exchanges with Ms. Zenzalai, and the interweaving of jazz-based passages. Essentially, the artist reinvents motifs and melodies from Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and other Puccini works into forums for either resonant bop and swing vamps or stirring conceptualizations based upon the composer's sweet-tempered melodies. Whereas Woods and Liebman kick up a storm on "Tre Sbirri" (Three Agents), while "Un Bel Di, Vedremo" (One Fine Day, He'll Come) features softly stated, chamberesque woodwinds and Liebman's seemingly meditative and contrapuntal performances on soprano sax. Otherwise, the woodwind section and cellist Nancy Hambleton-Torrente provide the semi-austere classicism, yet part of the marvel here resides within Liebman's eloquent implementations and clear-sighted approach to the material at hand. Hence, it all seems so unaffected. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Arkadia Jazz
UPC:
0602267104424
catalogNumber:
71044
Rank:
167076

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Liebman   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Vic Juris   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Phil Markowitz   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Lenora Zenzalai Helm   Vocals,Voices
Sizao Machado   Percussion
Caris Visentin   Oboe
Phil Woods   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tony Marino   Bass,Bas Dessus
Matt Wilson   Drums
Dane Richeson   Percussion
Larry Fisher   Bassoon
Nancy Hambleton-Torrente   Cello

Technical Credits

Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Kent Heckman   Engineer
David Liebman   Arranger
Bob Karcy   Producer,Executive Producer
Larry Fisher   Advisor

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