(Caliman flaunts) a beautiful, burnished tone and remarkable fluidity..
First meeting in the clubs of Los Angeles' Central Avenue in the early '60s, and following separate but superlative careers, the two tenor legends reunited in the fall of 2009 to perform a couple of concerts and record this album, taking up where they left off close to 40 years ago. With original music by pianist Bill Anschell and the two headliners along with a rousing version of "Love For Sale," and a singular exploration of "I Thought About You" by Hadley, the band creates a warm and swinging recording, a great document of two longtime friends and icons of American music.
"(Christlieb) is one of the most powerful voices on the tenor saxophone..." Saxophone Journal
1 LITTLE DEX (Bill Anschell)
2 UP JUMPED SPRING
3 COMENCIA (Hadley Caliman)
4 GALA (Hadley Caliman)
5 I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU
6 NASTY GREEN (Pete Christlieb)
7 WIDE STANCE (Bill Anschell)
8 DREAM ON (Pete Christlieb)
9 LOVE FOR SALE
Produced by JOHN BISHOP
Recorded by REED RUDDY at Studio X, Seattle, WA
on November 19, 2009
Assistant engineer: Sam Hofstedt
Mixed by REED RUDDY at Robert Lang Studio, Richmond Beach, WA
Mastered by MARK GUENTHER, Seattle Disc Mastering
Photographs by JIM LEVITT
Cover design & layout by JOHN BISHOP
All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
Hadley Caliman recorded a few albums in the 1970s then didn't record as a leader for several decades until after retiring from his teaching job, then came a series of CDs issued by Origin, of which this is the third. This reunion with fellow tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb marks their first opportunity to play together since the mid-1960s, aside ...
Audiophile Audition (Jeff Krow)
After reviewing both of Hadley Caliman's previous two Origin Records releases, Gratitude and Straight Ahead, I felt that Hadley had many bright moments ahead of him. He had retired from teaching at Cornish College after 22 years of teaching, and was enjoying playing in Seattle, leading a small group as well as playing with the Seattle Repertory Jaz ...
All About Jazz.com (C. Michael Bailey)
Both Hadley Caliman and Pete Christlieb were active on Los Angeles jazz scene going on 50 years ago, and the two tenor saxophonists actually performed together at the time. Real life got in the way, guiding each man in his allotted direction. Origin Records' house pianist (and All About Jazz Contributor) Bill Anschell brought the two together for ...
FreedomJazzDance.net (Ken Hohman)
While jazz is credited with many "died too young" stories, thankfully for every Charlie Parker story there is a Hadley Caliman to balance the scales. At 78 years young, this veteran tenor saxophonist is putting on a big comeback, releasing three strong records in as many years. A graduate of the School of Hard Knocks himself, as well as a former C ...
JazzTimes (Carlo Wolff)
This was Haley Caliman's last recording before his death of liver cancer in September. Recorded with his old friend and fellow tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb in November 2009, it finds Caliman in high spirits and full of energy. It's a very good mainstream jazz album featuring that comforting stalwart, the tenor battle. The styles of the two, ...
Cadence (Bill Donaldson )
As happens more often than not, two friends who spent much time together in early adulthood went their separate ways as the demands and opportunities of careers and families took priority. In the case of Pete Christlieb and Hadley Caliman, who performed together for two years at Marty's in Los Angeles in the 1960s, their separation was resolved wh ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (George Fendel)
The two tenor concept is nothing new in jazz. But when played by the best of the lot, it can be highly exciting and musically fulfilling. Such is the case here with Seattle veteran Caliman and LA kingpin Christlieb. With an all-Seattle rhythm section of Bill Anschell, piano, Chuck Deardorf, bass, and John Bishop, drums, the two renew a long standin ...
Dusty Groove (Editor)
A sweet reunion from the LA scene - and a great meeting of tenor talents Pete Christlieb and Hadley Caliman! Hadley's recent records have all been pretty darn great – filled with the soul and sensitivity of his classic 70s sides – and this time around, Pete's presence brings in a bit more of a hardbop feel – a tight, straight ahead groove bas ...