When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dave Liebman Plays Cole Porter

 I will be the first to admit that I am not usually a big fan of soprano sax. But...as I get older i find myself much more accepting and Liebman goes a long way in making that happen with the record.

 On the other hand, my adulation for Cole Porter tunes is widely known and so this record would get a pass on that fact alone. No other composer, to me remains so substantial even when these giant pop songs are broken down to the most deconstructed trio settings. A testament to that is this record. While never wandering far from the original melodies, sometimes you have to cock your ear to pick them out.

 Usually the higher register of the soprano sax grates on my nerves after a song or two, but for some reason that doesn't happen on these recordings. Perhaps because Liebman doesn't seem to focus the spotlight on himself and let's the trio share in the glory. Truly an lp whose sum is be greater than the individual parts.The inclusion of a couple of rarely heard songs is always a nice touch.

 And with Porter's birthday just around the corner, what better tribute?

Dave Liebman Plays Cole Porter
1. I Love You
2. Dream Dancing
3.  Begin The Beguine
4. I've Got You Under My Skin
5. True Love
6. Riding High
7. Why Do I Care?
8. It's Alright With Me
9. Get Out Of Town
10. In The Still Of The Night

Dave Liebman - soprano sax, flute
Steve Gilmore - bass
Bill Goodman - drums

recorded Snydersville, Pa 1998, released 1994

Red Records RR123236


JH said...

Great stuff, thank you!

bride-in-dream said...

thx for sharing. i will listen their music :)