David Liebman Trio feat. Ronan Guilfoyle & Jussi L
Improvised Music Company presents
The David Liebman Trio
featuring Ronan Guilfoyle
& Jussi Lehtonen
"Liebman is arguably the reigning king of the soprano, as well as one of the most complete improvisers in modern music."- Chicago Tribune
Soprano saxophonist David Liebman, whose distinguished career includes extended periods with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones plus his own important groups like Quest and Lookout Farm, has taken the most active interest in Ireland, and four years since his last memorable visit, he’s back in the performer, mentor and educator capacities in which he excels.
With his darkly intense tone, sinuous lines and masterful control of volatile chromaticism, Liebman has a unique musical vocabulary that is emotive, powerful and direct. He’s also one of the most generous spirits and forthright thinkers in jazz today, an inspirational teacher and a seminal link to the artists, like Miles, who still cast a long shadow in creative music. Elsewhere on this visit, Liebman gives an illustrate lecture on his times with the great trumpet icon.
Whelan’s has been a happy hunting ground for Liebman over the years, and here he’s reunited with Ronan Guilfoyle, the Irish bassist with whom he enjoys a special rapport that stretches back two decades. It’s the sort of company that requires a drummer who swings mightily, with an old school commitment to fast terrain and long form blowing. Step up Jussi Lehtonen, mainstay of celebrated Finnish groovers like the Timo Lassy Band, and one of the most propulsive drummers this side of the Arctic Circle.