“Antonio is not only a fine pianist but a great one.”
“David Liebman has the ability to touch the soul seeking from the wayward horn an extraordinary depth of emotion and dramatic range. His cantabile style, as identifiable as a human voice in its emotional tone and dramatic role playing, may in a given solo, conjure up anguish, ecstasy, anger, fear, hilarity or haughtiness. Liebman’s music is storytelling of a very high order-form, content, accent, color and mood are all in place, on cue. ”
The extraordinary Italian pianist Antonio Faraò
hosts in his quartet Dave Liebman
, one of the great protagonists of the generation that led the inventions of Coltrane and Miles Davis towards jazz-rock for an unlimited exploration of new original songs and some standards.
An authentic spearhead of the international jazz scene, pianist admired by Herbie Hancock, Antonio Faraò
has played with the most prestigious artists.
It is undoubtedly among the European musicians who have reached an expressive standard on the level of Americans.
In 2015 and 2018, he was invited to Paris and St Petersburg at the International Jazz Day world jazz event organized by Unesco and the United Nations together with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling … and many other artists of the world jazz scene. David Liebman
’s career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the early 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a bandleader since.
He has played on over five hundred recordings with nearly two hundred under his leadership and co-leadership.
In jazz education he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books: Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound (translated into multiple languages), in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals and published chamber music. Lieb‘s autobiography What It Is-The Life Of A Jazz Artist (Scarecrow Press) is a fascinating look into Lieb’s career.
His bands over the years have included noted musicians such as John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Bob Moses, Billy Hart and others.
The current group Expansions features some of the best of the younger generation. Lieb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989, which is a worldwide network of schools from nearly 40 countries.
Liebman’s awards, besides the NEA honor include the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz (2013); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997).
He is currently teaching at the Manhattan School of Music
and a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music.
Dave has consistently placed in the top positions for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat, Jazz Times and JazzEd polls since 1973.