|Back On The Corner|
|Recorded and Mixed by John Fishel|
|Released on 2006|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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A cool cat turned me on to Liebman’s Drum Ode twenty years ago, and I remember thinking it took guts to make an album like that. Maybe not so surprising when you consider he was coming off a stint with Miles Davis, the man who invented guts. Back on the Corner finds him thirty years on, still getting some mileage out of the old affiliation but looking back as a leader. Dave Liebman discs usually take one of several forms: jazz standards (from Coltrane to Cole Porter), post-bop originals or concept albums. This disc is mostly originals plus a pair of Miles Davis songs (“Ife,” “Black Satin”). As often happens on a Liebman session, the instrumentation is unusual; here he doubles up guitar and bass. While his soprano sax is always engaging, Liebman leaves plenty of room for the instruments around him. In fact, the bass and guitars arguably get more of the limelight than the saxophone (again fitting, considering Davis as the source of inspiration). As he did on The Elements: Water, Liebman breaks up the songs with instrumental interludes (the “Acoustic Guitar Interlude” is the best of these). Of course, the originals are what caught my attention: “New Mambo,” “5th Street,” “Bela.” Liebman chooses a different rhythmic foundation for each, from the intoxicating “New Mambo” to the deliberate creep of “5th Street.” Then he lets the musicians around him stretch, especially guest Mike Stern. Leaders like Liebman do more than provide a living link to the past; they breathe life into forms like post-bop and fusion that should remain immortal in the contemporary musical canon even if their commercial appeal will always be limited. More important than the legend of Miles is his musical legacy, which Dave Liebman and long list of luminaries have inherited, sown and reaped. Back on the Corner feeds the faithful and then some.
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DAVID LIEBMAN -- tenor, soprano sax, piano, synthesizer, wooden flute
ANTHONY JACKSON -- contrabass guitar
VIC JURIS -- electric and acoustic guitar
MARKO MARCINKO -- drums, percussion, keyboard programming
TONY MARINO -- acoustic, electric and stick basses
MIKE STERN -- electric guitar
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