By Steve Feeney, The Arts Fuse
Pursuance: The Coltranes — Lakecia Benjamin (Ropeadope)
Earth –Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group (Whaling City Sound)
With new releases of vault material, and a renewed appreciation of his creative genius, John Coltrane (1926-1967) seems to be very much in the hearts and on the minds of today’s jazz aficionados, young and old. Given the current COVID-19 crisis, this is heartening. The master’s music continues to inspire, supplying needed strength by transporting listeners into spiritual realms.
Veteran Dave Liebman’s Coltrane connection began with his trips as a teenager to hear the saxophonist play live in New York City. He later got to play in a band led by Elvin Jones, the drummer forever associated with the classic Coltrane Quartet of the early ’60s. In recent years, Liebman was part of a notable Coltrane tribute album with Joe Lovano. (Arts Fuse review) Read this two reviews here.