John Stowell and Dave Liebman

Blue Rose

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

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There must have been something in the air this month, because here comes yet another soprano saxophone record. Actually, Liebman plays some tenor here as well. He meets up with Portland-based favorite John Stowell in a highly communicative duo session on some memorable material. One can?t argue their varied choice of tunes featuring American Songbook goodies like ?Everything I Love,? ?My Ideal,? and ?How Deep Is the Ocean.? Duke Ellington?s title tune, ?Blue Rose,? is a rarity, and Duke?s brilliant associate Billy Strayhorn is also represented with a wistful ?Isfahan.? And how very nice to hear Bill Evans? ?Time Remembered? in this intimate setting. Two Wayne Shorter tunes, ?Fe Fi Fo Fum? and ?Black Eyes? are also explored here. Completing the program are works by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kenny Wheeler and Joe Farrell. Liebman and Stowell are really locked in. In fact, Liebman sounds as good as I?ve ever heard him. As for Stowell, well, I think he lives for beauty, and there?s a lot of it right here.






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