December 13, 2013
JAZZ IN TOWNThursday, August 22, 2013
Liebman to bring jazz frenzy to BA
For the Herald
Self defined as an “unabashed eclectic”, saxophonist and composer David Liebman (US, 1946) is one of the most important artists in the jazz world today, a man well aware of the tradition he belongs to, but also always eager to find new horizons to enrich that tradition, to move forward and keep the music evolving. Interested in many and varied musical idioms since his formative years, Liebman has always wanted to nurture his own language in those many styles, not being afraid of using the word “fusion” (“in the true sense of the word,” he says) to define his music.
After some decisive years of apprenticeship with jazz giants Elvin Jones and Miles Davis (1971-1974), Liebman started off leading his own groups, rapidly consolidating not only as a leader but also as an original voice in the jazz world. His impressive discography (more than three hundred albums, almost one hundred as a leader) includes works with every figure of relevance from the last thirty years, and his musical voracity has led him to explore (and include into jazz) the most varied fields, from contemporary classical music to ethnic-world music, free jazz, pop and rock, electronic fusion, and so on.
An energetic, versatile and technically unmatchable player, Liebman’s main instrument is the soprano saxophone (although he also plays the tenor and different flutes that bring strange sonorities to a jazz band) with which he can reach places, particularly while improvising, no other saxophonist has ever been able to grasp. As he wrote in an article about his own music, “for many, my music is admittedly not that easy to appreciate without some prior experience. For sure, the energy will be obvious and to some listeners possibly seem a bit aggressive, but that is an undeniable part of my playing no matter what style or situation”.
In 2008, Liebman visited Argentina with his quartet for the first time, when he was presenting an entire album based on the blues. Now he’s coming alone, and will perform with the company of local musicians: guitarist Alejandro Demogli, bassist Sizao Machado (from Brazil) and drummer Oscar Giunta. Though these encounters bear some risks, for the musicians involved don’t get too much rehearsal time together, a musician of Liebman’s calibre will surely guide the experimented locals into a frenzied smörgåsbord of great jazz.
Where & when
Dave Liebman will perform tonight at 9pm at Boris Club de Jazz, Gorriti 5568 (4777-0012). Tickets: $ 150.
JAZZ AT VIRASORO
Tenor saxophonist Carlos Lastra is currently presenting material from his forthcoming album, Despedida, to be released soon. After two albums in a row for Rivorecords, The Inch Worm and A Child is Born, Lastra still keeps the same formidable quartet which has been backing him for the last two or three years, completed by Francisco Lo Vuolo on piano, Leonel Cejas on double-bass and Sebastian Groshaus on drums. Whilst he had always preferred to keep a low profile, these two latest albums somehow put Lastra at the core of the local circuit, and both albums were received not only as truly worthy modern jazz works, but also as the perfect means to get in contact with a fiery improviser and a very resourceful player, equally versatile on the tenor and soprano saxophones.
After Lastra’s performance, a new group will rock the stage: Septeto Satch, a septet formed to pay homage to the great Louis Armstrong. They will perform some of Satchmo’s greatest hits, but also some gems not so well known to larger audiences. With Leonel de Francisco (trumpet), Joaquín De Francisco (trombone), Santiago De Francisco (clarinet), Ramiro Penovi (guitar), Pablo Raposo (piano) and Pepi Taveira (drums).
Where & when
Both Lastra and the Septeto Satch will perform tomorrow, Friday 23 at 10pm and 0.30, respectively, at Virasoro Bar, Guatemala 4328 (4831-8918).