Trust and Honesty
Release date: November 11, 2022
Label: Newvelle Records
The third release in Newvelle Records Renewal Series, Trust and Honesty is an intimate and exposed portrait of a jazz master at the absolute height of his powers. Featuring the instantly recognizable voices of Ben Monder and John Hébert, the trio explores well known ballads and new material in an inimitable style. Dave Liebman is a perpetual searcher, never complacent in his quest for capturing the moment.
From the Liner Notes by Elan Mehler:
Good musicians keep chipping away at the veneer that keeps them separated from us. Showing the world who they are. And when they were. This music freezes a moment. It could only have been created on February 12, 2022. You couldn’t reconstruct it with a thousand days in the studio. It’s an exercise in exposure, even for someone who has had as vaulted a career as Dave Liebman. When you are doing it right, there’s nowhere to hide. “Here we are today, I am bringing everything I can to this moment. This is me.”
“Liebman is among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music . . . a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction.” Downbeat Magazine
“While others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles…he’s a fighter.” Ben Ratliff, NY Times
“The confidence that Dave Liebman shows in the chemistry of his musicians is justified and each hearing reveals new facets of these musical gems.” Ken Dryden, NYC Jazz Record
Newvelle Records is proud to present The Renewal Collection, a limited edition four-album series affirming the resilience of music through the anguish and loss of the Covid-19 pandemic. The collection, Newvelle’s first series release in two years, features original compositions from incredible artists, recorded over five months and pressed on the highest quality 180-gram vinyl. Now available for preorder, the full collection ships September 15 and individual albums will be released monthly between September and December 2022 while supplies last. Together, these records capture a wide range of musical reflections and celebrations on what it means to be jazz artists in this moment.
The Renewal Collection was recorded and mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Marc Urselli at New York’s East Side Sound between November 2021 and March 2022, and mastered by Josh Bonati. The four records are pressed on 180-gram vinyl, using patented Groovecoated Stampers by Matt Earley of Gotta Groove Records, and stored in incredible gatefolds designed by Studio Mococo, the multi-award winning team that designed Newvelle’s New Orleans Collection and KIMBROUGH tribute album. Given free rein to build the series in response to the music they heard, Mococo’s team designed covers featuring dramatic crops of stunning photography from the U.S. Library of Congress’s archives and timeless, yet unique typefaces.
Recognized for “its distinctive, brand-coherent album art” and for offering “a throwback to jazz’s midcentury glories” by The New York Times, Newvelle Records was founded in 2015 with a fundamentally different model for creating and distributing music in the digital age.
“Newvelle is arguably producing today’s best sounding new jazz recordings.”
"At times dreamy, and always heart on his sleeve, Dave expresses his affection for 'Lover Man,' 'Stella by Starlight,' and 'Come Rain or Come Shine'.." Read the review here.
"Dave Liebman has followed in the footsteps of such predecessors as Chet Baker, Lee Konitz and Steve Lacy in his willingness to record prolifically for many different labels [...] Liebman always follows his musical path and sounds like himself." Read the full review in the February 2023 issue of DownBeat Magazine.
"Throughout, the astute use of space and the graceful manner of interaction between these three is virtually seamless.." Read the complete review here.
"The video captures Liebman, Monder and Hébert at their moody and magical best." Watch the video premiere for "Come Rain or Come Shine" here.
"During the pandemic, the vinyl-only label Newvelle Records had to hit the pause button. Happily, it has hit play again with four terrific new projects coming out this year." Full article here.
"Liebman is not trying to prove anything, but plays with the accumulated wisdom and experience of a saxophone master that is enough, with Monder and Hébert there to support him this could indeed be his best album yet." Read the 4-star, editor's choice review in the February 2023 print issue.
"..he's not content to rest on his laurels and live off past glories." Read the 4 star review in the February 2023 issue of Record Collector Magazine.
NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
“Without mannerism or obvious emphasis, the plain statement of this simplest of melodies emerges as deeply and beautifully as it’s ever been.” Read the review in the March 2023 issue here.
THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
"He imparts a luscious vocal quality on standards like “Lover Man,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” and “Stella by Starlight,” with Hébert’s huge, woody tones and Monder’s warm, richly atmospheric chord voicings providing the ultimate sensitive backdrop." Read the full review here.