Dave Liebman | John Stowell

Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Robert Rusch, Cadence

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JOHN STOWELL [gtr] and DAVE LIEBMAN [ss/flute/p] have previously worked together on Origin twice. PETITE FLEUR [Origin Records 82753] is their latest pairing [4/17]. The focus this time is on the music of Sidney Bechet and it is a beauty. There's no attempt to duplicate Bechet's wide vibrato - no need to as Bechet stands alone as the first great soprano and Liebman is arguably at the top of today's soprano world. Bechet would say two great musicians. Liebman plays in the lower registers, chalumeau if you will, and offers some nice flute on "Summertime"; Bechet's big hit before expatriating to France and the only non-Bechet track of the 12 tracks [59:41]. Each artist goes solo on one cut. There are 3 versions of "Petite Fleur", both artists do a solo version (Liebman on piano) and the other version is a duet that opens the date in magnificent fashion. Get this - you will enjoy it for years to come.






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