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David Liebman Group: Blues All Ways (OmniTone 12208)

From the long-standing ensemble of one of modern saxophone's most respected, individualistic, and free-ranging voices, David Liebman's eminently listenable tribute to one of the most beloved and versatile musical roots of jazz and rock: the blues.

Features Lieb on tenor and soprano saxes (playing like you may never have heard him!) and Vic Juris on electric and acoustic guitars, running the blues gamut from Memphis-style shuffles to Kind of Blue-like ethereality to Coltrane-like modal burn to Eddie Harris-like funk.

From the liner notes:

"The first real music that I got into was '50s rock and roll," recalls Lieb, listing "Hound Dog" and "Rock around the Clock" as memorable examples of the era's R&B-based pop music culture and owing his first feeling for the tenor sax to tunes like Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and the Champs' "Tequila."

"I used to listen to Martin Block's ‘Make-Believe Ballroom,' listing my own ‘top 25 of the week' while collecting 45 singles," Lieb continues.  "That was really where I first heard music, so in some ways making this blues record is full circle for me."

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Musicians
David Liebman, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, wood flute
Vic Juris, guitar, electric guitar, steel string guitar
Tony Marino, bass, electric bass, Stick bass
Marko Marcinko, drums, percussion

For sound samples, click on MP3 (for an MP3 sample) or WMA (for Windows Media):

1.  Elvis the Pelvis (5:29) MP3 WMA
2.  Down Time (6:41) MP3 WMA
3.  Riz's Blues (9:10) MP3 WMA
4.  Blues Mirage (3:05) MP3 WMA
5.  Compared to Who (Vic Juris) (5:35) MP3 WMA
6.  64 Strings and a Reed (6:06) MP3 WMA
7.  Blues Tripper (Juris) (5:28) MP3 WMA
8.  Bessie's Blues (2:54) MP3 WMA

All compositions by David Liebman, Liebstone Music (BMI), except as noted.
Recorded on 5 April 2005 at Systems II in Brooklyn, New York.

Recording Engineer: Jon Rosenberg
Assistant Engineer: Max Ross
Mastering Engineer: Katherine Miller
Album Designer: Frau Kranift
Liner notes and photos by Frank Tafuri
Production assistance by Ann Terry, McGlipto Tragmolian

Producers: David Liebman, Frank Tafuri
Executive Producer: Frank Tafuri

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