About the album
David Liebman: soprano and tenor saxophones
Marius Beets: bass
Eric Ineke: drums
"The trio was on tour playing Kurt Weill and Alec Wilder compositions from
our two releases on Daybreak. Arriving at this small club in Belgium and feeling a bit under the weather, I felt that we should play something different. As I try to do on these occasions, I like to have at least the thread of a story line for a night’s repertoire. Why not play some blues played or associated with John Coltrane? Thanks to Kris Roevens and with some additional sound reinforcement from Marius, to our surprise we came out with a CD worth of music without planning it at all.
For many years till the late ‘80s, with a few exceptions, I purposely refrained from recording Coltrane tunes for the obvious reason that I needed and wanted to escape his titanic (and positive) influence on my life and music. It is well known among those who have heard me speak in classes or interviews that seeing Trane live in the ‘60s was my epiphany. By the late ‘80s I felt ready to tackle it somewhat of my own terms, which I did on “Homage To Coltrane” (Owl Records) in 1987 and have recorded several Trane compositions since then, especially from the late period. In the case of this CD, the vibe was to just play the music for an evening and have fun. With such a strong bass-drum team as Marius and Eric are, I knew that whatever transpired it would certainly swing… so no arrangements, just the heads and blow. There is nothing new contained herein but it does reflect the absorption of years of study of Trane’s music and a kind of homage to one particular aspect of his massive style." - Dave Liebman in the linernotes on this cd.
The Hague, May 18 & 19 2007. Picture this: a festive World Forum Convention Center, attractively decorated, will host the second edition of THE HAGUE JAZZ, the new jazz festival, that started in 2006. The organisers could already look back at a remarkable and successful festival. The expectations for the second edition in 2007 are a lot higher. On all 10 stages a broad variety of both national and international ...