CD Jugendstil II [Digipak] * (CD 6897778),
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Jugendstil II [Digipak] *

  • 1. Odysseus Returns Home
    2. Tomorrow I Shall Dance for You
    3. Music of Tranquillity
    4. Float West On the Slender Current
    5. L'ile de Fressanges (...Nuit D't...)
    6. Mains de Pnlope (...Le Jour, Elle Tissait...)
    7. Phongsaly
    8. Local Heroes
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4059

  • Credits
    ProducerJim Black; Jim Black
    EngineerJoseph Marciano

    Personnel: Chris Cheek (tenor saxophone); Stephane Furic Leibovici (double bass); Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Joy Plaisted (harp); Dan Dorrance (alto flute, bass flute, piccolo); Chris Speed (clarinet); Maria Garcia (celesta); Jim Black, Jim Black (vibraphone, glockenspiel, chimes).
    Audio Mixers: Patrick Goraguer; Bruce Cherbit; Richard Comte.
    Liner Note Author: Jim Black.
    Recording information: Systems Two, NY (08/15/2005).
    Editor: Richard Comte.
    Photographer: Carol Fond.
    Though renowned saxophonists Lee Konitz and Chris Cheek are the principal players on this date, it is bassist/composer Stephane Furic Leibovici who is the ostensible leader and music director. Still, Konitz and Cheek take the bulk of the load on melodic, harmonic, and respectful improvisations that are framed by Leibovici. Producer Jim Black states in the liner notes that the space inserted is more prevalent than the notes, and to a great degree, he is spot-on. What alto saxophone master Konitz and high-caliber tenor man Cheek provide goes far beyond good musical common sense and into magical discourse time and time again on this consistently delightful recording that implies more than it forcefully delineates. Leibovici enjoys a good groove after the fact, as the saxophones mess around on sparring jabs during "Odysseus Returns Home" and "Tomorrow I Shall Dance for You," which act as tone setters for the program. Ostinato bass, the blues, spiritually based music, and a bit of unison playing enter the picture, while Black on glockenspiel, vibes, or chimes, flute player Dan Dorrance, Maria Garcia on celeste, Joy Plaisted on harp, and clarinetist Chris Speed make token appearances. But it is the brilliant telepathy and telemetry of Konitz and Cheek that stirs this drink, swimming past upstream currents with ultimate confidence, calm, and reserve. In many ways a beautiful recording, and one that should not intimidate anyone, Leibovici and his talented friends have made one of the better collections of improvised recordings of recent memory, and it comes with a very high recommendation. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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