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FIRST SET

Nick Lyons, alto saxophone
Carol Liebowitz, piano

1. Carol’s Dream
2. Turquoise Echo
3. Twain Shall Meet
4. The Very Thing
5. Ephemera
6. Reverie on a Sunday Afternoon
7. Roy’s Joy
8. Another Time

All selections by Carol Liebowitz and Nick Lyons except Carol’s Dream and Roy’s Joy (Connie Crothers, C&C Jazz, ASCAP). Tracks 1–7: live concert, Brooklyn, NY, May 20, 2012 (Connie Crothers, engineer); Track 8: recorded August 10, 2007, Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY (Max Ross, engineer). CD Mastering: Jim Clouse, Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY.

REVIEWS

This is a live recording that captures a particularly inspired concert by the duo of Carol Liebowitz on piano and alto saxophonist, Nick Lyons. They were in the loft of the recently passed Connie Crothers, who also served as the recording engineer. Only the last track on the album, “Another Time,” was recorded in a studio. Theirs is a delicate and suffused music, with a “liquid” piano and a saxophone played objectively, without vibrato, meeting in an atmosphere that nevertheless draws you in, perhaps because of its originality, or perhaps because beneath the apparent tranquility on the surface runs a deep energy. “Carol’s Dream” opens the set, which is closed by “Roy’s Joy,” two compositions by Crothers. The rest of the tracks are free improvisations with melodic lines, harmonies, spontaneously-created themes springing from a moment’s inspiration, digging deeply into the meanderings that are hidden within the ideas of the performers. Some things are just brilliant, the long “The Very Thing,” for example—eight minutes in which the music proceeds intimately, almost as in a flashback of ideas, dense with meaning. The duo’s avant-gardism seems accessible, communicative, rich with ideas, even simple and enjoyable. “Reverie on a Sunday Afternoon” and “Ephemera” represent an ethereal music, rooted in jazz, but ultimately evading any classification. “Roy’s Joy,” with the alto sax’s beautiful lines, clean and precise, is a truly inspired performance. “Another Time,” which closes out the album, is a subtle, alluring ballad. The two musicians know how to seduce the listener and leave a deep mark in his state of being. Their performance is one of those that, for some reason, draws you back to listen again to discover and appreciate new aspects.

Vittorio Lo Conte, musiczoom.it
November 18, 2016
translation by Lorenzo Sanguedolce


“Carol’s piano and Nick’s alto bear witness to what the two have brought to their playing styles and also give us their own original take on where a complex, soulful freedom can go today…. The two have a bracing spontaneity and creative drive that is exciting to hear.… two master practitioners of the art in fine form.”

—Grego Applegate Edwards, gapplegatemusicreview
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“These recordings attest to an almost telepathic connection, as subtle and translucent as the most exquisite Flemish lace…”

—Leonid Auskern, jazzquad.ru
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“Both players evince an acute sensitivity to one another and to their own internal impulses, keeping the music alive and unpredictable across a wide expanse of human feeling.”

“Lyons’ expressive tone has an almost human vocal quality, and Liebowitz’s visceral command of the piano’s sonorities, her skillful use of the pedals, and her lightning-quick reflexes create a lush environment for exploration.”

—Mel Minter, melminter.com (musically speaking: an avid listener’s observations)
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“… sublime and filled with subtle spirits…. This is a great duo…”

—Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
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“This improvisational pair recalls the duo performances of Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron in style and intensity…. almost telepathic… hypnotically engaging…”

—Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
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“… the pianist and saxophonist very comfortably establish their own sonic terrain right from the outset…. fans of Cecil Taylor-esque ivory thunder are likely to appreciate, but it’s worth emphasizing how Liebowitz and Lyons are both refreshingly unburdened by influence…”

—Joseph Neff, thevinyldistrict.com
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“… a true gem…. this January 2017 release comes MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…”

—Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
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