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24/01/2008 Chris Parker for VortexJazz

Depth of Emotion is a quartet featuring soprano saxophonist/flautist Dave Liebman, vibes/piano/marimba player Ed Saindon, bassist David Clark and drummer Mark Walker, and this album contains nine band tracks and five solo piano pieces.

A teacher at the Berklee School of Music who began his musical career as a drummer, Saindon has made previous recordings with the late Herb Pomeroy (to whom this album's opening track, 'The Last Goodbye' is dedicated), Ken Peplowski and Warren Vaché, and (in a duo) with pianist Kenny Werner; he provides the originals on this album, and they run the stylistic and emotional gamut from the above-mentioned threnody, in which Liebman's characterful soprano snakes above Saindon's glowing vibes, to latin-inflected ('Sao Paulo') and gently wafting ('The Healing'), but whatever the mood or style (there are also visits to familiar pieces such as 'Green Dolphin Street' and 'Moon River'), the quartet play intelligently balanced, dynamic, vigorous but relaxed and informal music (the whole session took just three hours to record, and thus has the air of a meeting of sympathetic, like minds).

Saindon's vibes and marimba playing is tasteful but powerfully expressive, his piano pieces more quietly reflective; overall, this album provides an enjoyably representative sample of his considerable compositional and instrumental skills.



 

01/01/2008 Ed Blanco - ejazznews

Crafting a unique blend of contemporary jazz, pianist Ed Saindon and saxophonist Dave Liebman offer a session of cutting edge music with intelligent charts and spontaneous improvisation to produce a quality recording with “Depth of Emotion.” Saindon, who not only plays the piano, but is also a four mallet vibist and plays the marimba as well, is featured as co-leader with Liebman who performs on the soprano sax. The duo are accompanied by bassist David Clark and Mark Walker on the drums forming one tight quartet.

Except for two standards provided fresh interpretations here, Saindon provides all original compositions. The quartet opens the music with the melancholy “The Last Goodbye” paying homage to the late Herb Pomeroy with whom Saindon performed for many years. On this tune Liebman introduces the music with his soprano voice eventually giving way to Saindon on the vibes then reengages to finish out a somber piece.

The group performs a light hearted rendition of the Kaper/Washington standard “Green Dolphin Street,” where Liebman delivers some of his best solos of the album. Saindon provides an exquisite piano solo on one of the very best renditions of the Mancini/Mercer classic, “Moon River” I’ve ever heard as the saxophonist and pianist play off each other quite well.

Saindon leads off on the piano on “Tokyo Nights,” later engaged by Liebman who together deliver another beautiful harmony in one of the best tunes here. The album ends featuring the pianist performing several short vignettes on the piano titled “Piano Solo Reflections.”

This is one of those new 2008 releases containing a repertoire of refreshing new music that critics and the average jazz audiences will love. Assembling a unique combo, With “Depth of Emotion,” Ed Saindon and Dave Liebman chart a new course in modern jazz that deserves serious attention.

Year: 2007
Label: World Improvised Music
Artist Web: www.edsaindon.com

 

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