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David Liebman
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Celebrated soprano sax Master David Liebman is also one of our most respected Jazz educators. Read more.

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Dave Liebman recommends...

John Coltrane Crescent
I have heard many musicians choose this as one of their favorite Trane recordings. For me it is as if the solos were written out--they are perfect in form, logic and full of passion. Also the stellar rhythm section attains a feel that is unique to them and among the most relaxed and swinging ever recorded.

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John Coltrane - Live at Birdland
Until the many bootlegs were released, this recording along with Live at The Village Vanguard captured at least a bit of what it was like to see the group live, which I did many times. Remember, an LP was limited in duration, but on here, the soprano sax tracks (The Promise and Afro Blue) are incredible in their intensity.

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Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Getting a lot of attention now as it should, this album both sums up the recent history of jazz to that time and looks ahead. Using the basic root of jazz which is the blues, set in a homogenous mood throughout and featuring some of the greatest soloists ever at their peak, this deserves to be the "milestone" it is. 074646533727

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Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
This is my favorite all time recording across all idioms of music, beyond category. For me, music achieves its greatest success when it captures and portrays a vivid picture and feeling. Gil and Miles hit the mother lode here in an almost non-jazz way using their own vernacular and language to paint a picture of a rich and varied culture.

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Miles Davis - Four and More
It is Miles and in particular the rhythm section which was made up of Williams, Hancock and Carter-all young and ready to burn-which excels. The live feeling is captured here and if anything, Miles was the quintessence of the spontaneous player who encouraged his bands to let things happen. Also among the fastest tempos you will hear!!

Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil
Wayne is for me THE composer of our recent period as the compositions here demonstrate. They are melodic, intensely harmonic and challenging. The group of Hubbard, Jones, Carter, Hancock and Wayne play seamlessly with great interest and swinging ever so hard.

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Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
The group portrays a mood so strong that it is almost unnerving on this live recording. Delicacy, spontaneity, incredible group communication and some of the most gorgeous harmony ever played by the classic example of the modern piano trio.

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Sonny Rollins - A Night at the Village Vanguard
Once again at the Village Vanguard which obviously was a delight for musicians to play in, along with Elvin Jones and Wilbur Ware, the sheer power and creativity of probably the greatest all around saxophonist who ever played is astounding on the recording. And you can just feel the spontaneity happening.

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Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Without being consciously programmatic, Maiden Voyage like Sketches of Spain creates a strong image through the highly sophisticated compositions and group approach of the players. Dolphin Dance and Maiden Voyage are classic compositions for different reasons, but in essence this is pure Hancock with his unique sense of harmony clearly demonstrated.

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McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy
Yet another recording with Elvin Jones from the list, with Carter and Joe Hen along with McCoy, this is a burning real JAZZ album. The compositions are built for out and out blowing and to swing. It is Tyner's revolutionary approach to harmony and melody which comes through very strong here.

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