Liebman, David Big Band / Beyond the Line
Album: Beyond the Line   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Liebman, David Big Band   Added:Apr 2004

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-04-19 Pull Date: 2004-06-21 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jun 20 Jun 13 May 23 May 9
Airplays: 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 30, 2004: Memory Select
4. May 21, 2004: Memory Select
2. Jun 18, 2004: Memory Select
5. May 07, 2004: Memory Select
Hiroshima Memorial
3. Jun 10, 2004: Storytime!
Sing, Sing, Sing
6. May 07, 2004: No Cover, No Minimum
Sing, Sing, Sing

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-04-23
Very much a "normal" big-band sound but often veers into more modern tangents including twisty Liebman solos on soprano sax. #1 is particularly "out there" at times, but the rest of the disk has a more traditional feel.

The gimmick is that each piece had a different arranger, giving the disk a wide sample of sounds and moods. So, not only are most tracks very good (all but #2, which is erasable pabulum, to my taste), but the CD as a whole is a rewarding listen, an expanse of possibilities.

1*- Harsh and thundering, in a swingy-jazz kind of way. Combines some Japanese themes with big-band moods

2- Soft pop-jazz, arranged by smooth jazz perpetrator Vince Mendoza

3*- Fast, slyly chugging take on "Sing Sing Sing" [an old and famous song... trust me, you've heard it]. Includes an adventurous sax solo and a wacky, brash call-and-response segment near the end

4- Slow/mid and loungy, with dizzy spiraling theme

5*- Fusion, whoa! Gutsy electric fuzz and fast horns

6- Slowish and restrained, with sparse, abstract improv segments. Some rewarding exploration, although it won't grab you on a casual listen

7*- Mildly Latin, with Spanish guitar. Mid/fast and gentle, very "nice." Includes a skronky sax solo.

Track Listing
1. Hiroshima Memorial   4. Carissima
2. Beyond the Line   5. Fracas
3. Sing, Sing, Sing   6. Done with Restraint
  7. Pablo's Story