Fri November 23, 2007
An Interview with David Liebman
Saxophonist's work sets the pace for today's cutting edge jazz
By Chris Cooke
Omaha, Nebraska – A tireless artist, educator and bandleader, David Liebman is one of today's leading Jazz artists.
David Liebman is one of the foremost post John Coltane soprano saxophonists, as well as a top tenor man and flutist. He has over 220 recordings to his credit, many with groups he has led over the last several decades. Early work with Elvin Jones and the Miles Davis Band of the 1970s gave Liebman international recognition; he has worked for years with the foremost jazz players on today's scene, including Chick Corea, John Scofield, George Mraz, Billy Hart, and many others. Liebman is one of the foremost teachers and educators in the jazz world, with master classes, lectures, seminars, books, audio and videotapes available for the aspiring music student.
Recently Last Call host Chris Cooke presented music from the David Liebman Ensemble's December 1995 live performance of John Coltrane's Meditations. A transcendent arrangement of a Coltrane classic, the original recording by Coltrane's group was in November, 1965.
Chris Cooke spoke with David Liebman in 2004. In a wide ranging interview, Liebman discussed his mentors, music and his aims as a music educator. Click on the link above to hear the interview (Recording Engineer: Mike Hansen/KIOS).
Chris Cooke is the host of Last Call on KIOS-FM.