Lieb Plays The Blues à la Trane

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COMPOSERS: David Liebman Trio
LABELS: Daybreak
PERFORMER: David Liebman (sax), Marius Beets (bass), Eric Ineke (drums)
CATALOGUE NO: DBCHR 75978

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Unlike movies, where a remake is often pointless, in jazz it’s part of its lifeblood. It’s a window, for us listeners, on the direct influence that the great performers pass down. Here’s a case in point. The premise is simple: saxophonist Dave Liebman and his trio do a night of ‘fun’ Coltrane-inspired blues at a Belgium club, and find it good enough to put out. Liebman (a Miles Davis sideman in the early ’70s) begins this excellent set with Davis’s iconic ‘All Blues’ – with a flat out and elongated take on Coltrane’s original solo.

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Proceeding with some choice cuts, he finishes with ‘Take The Coltrane’, from Trane’s summit with Ellington. Liebman, seemingly coyly, admits ‘there is nothing new here’ but the (stark) absence of a pianist, let alone other soloists, puts the emphasis firmly on him – and his driving rhythm section – to show, once again, the intense impact that seeing Coltrane perform has had on him since. Neil McKim