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viernes, 24 de junio de 2011

CD Review: Libby Richman - Open Strings




CD Review: Libby Richman - Open Strings


Libby Richman describe her album Open Strings, as an homageto the guitar. Surely, the sound of the guitar is highlighted al throghout the album, but there is no doubt Richman alto sax is the star in Open Strings.

The funk/smooth jazz "The Day After" is one of four Richman originals on the album. Sax, guitar and bass had a chance to add good improvisations on this one.

"Bop Number 4", another Richman original composition, is based on a theme by Brahms. The Classical music influence is obvious in the intro melodies before it changes into a swing groove.

Richman gorgeous sound on the alto sax can be fully appreciated on Antonio Carlos Jobim "O Grande Amor". Bruce Edwards blend of melodic and harmonic lines on guitar is the perfect complement to Richman well constructed improvisations on sax.

"Lullaby of the Leaves" is a typical Bebop piece, starting with the harmonized melodies on alto and tenor saxophone. The ideas seems to flow effortless in elongated phrases coherently played by Richman, especially on "Checking out at th Inn". The Bossa-like "Open Strings" and the cool jazz feel of Step Lightly shows Richman gentle, delicate side. The album also includes a nice versions of the rock group Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" and the jazz standard "Cherokee".

Tracks: The Day After, Bop Number 4, O Grande Amor, Lullaby of the Leaves, Checking ot at the Inn, Open Strings, Step Lightly, Viva La Vida, Cherokee

Musicians: Libby Richman- alto sax, John Philpott - tenor sax, Bruce Edwards - guitar, Fred Weidenhammer - bass, Stephen Little - drums, Mark Katsounis - percussion

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