Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Masters At Play & Eight Makes Great (Music)
"Live at U of T" (UofT Jazz) is the second CD led by the saxophone duo of Dave Liebman (soprano, tenor, flute) and Mike Murley (tenor, soprano). The former has been on the faculty at the University of Toronto as a visiting artist/adjunct Professor since 2013 while the latter has been teaching there since 2011. Joining them is bassist Jim Vivian (who has worked with both leaders in the past, especially with Murley for over three decades) and the veteran drummer Terry Clarke (John Handy, the Fifth Dimension, Rob McConnell Boss Brass). The quartet sounds loose and limber, each musician playing with great fire and joy.
"Live at U of T" is a treat for those listeners who like to listen "deeply" to music. The Liebman/Murley Quartet plays with fire, grace, intelligence, a sense of the past and present of music, and with great joy. You should listen.
For more information, go to mikemurley.com/2017/11/new-liebmanmurley-recording-now-available-on-itunes/.
Here's the Elman/Mercer tune:
For this listener, it's the ballads that shine. Young's arrangement of fellow bassist Mingus's "Duke Ellington's Sounds..." celebrates the song's handsome melody while featuring a heartfelt alto sax solo from Dorge. Murley's tenor leads the way into and throughout most of "Detour Ahead" with the only other solo courtesy of the bassist. Restivo dances through "You Must Believe In Spring" (a more uptempo take than usual) and "Hindsight", two medium tempo delights.
"Octet: Vol. 2" is good listening music. The Dave Young/ Terry Promane Octet moves easily through this music, never taking anything for granted. This could easily be background music but the fine arrangements and strong solos holds one's attention throughout.
For more information, go to thejazzbox.ca/dave-young-terry-promane-octet/.