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- Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

Medici Musica Presents: Paul Lieberman's "Ibeji" Live!

Featuring: Paul Lieberman, sax, flutes, percussion
Alexei Tsiganov, vibraphone
Joel A. Martin, piano
Fernando Saci, percussion
Fernando Huergo, bass
Bertram Lehman, drums

Early in saxophone and flute player Paul Lieberman’s career Gil Evans commented “everything he plays sounds right” & David Sanborn bestowed a surprise kiss. In the show that the Boston Phoenix named one of “10 Boston Jazz Acts That Blew Through The Roof In 2011” Paul presents his fascinating re-arrangements of classics and originals from his critically acclaimed new CD “Ibeji.” The recording looks at Brazilian music and Jazz as twin children of Mother Africa separated at birth, raised in distant parts of the world and now reunited, “combines technique, intelligence, experience, emotions, and risk-taking that pushes the musician beyond the ordinary or the commonplace,” and generated nominations for Latin Jazz Flutist of the Year & Brazilian Jazz Album of the Year. It features such legendary musicians as Rufus Reid & Nilson Matta on bass, Duduka da Fonseca, Tim Horner, and Allman Brothers co-founder Jaimoe on drums, Joel Martin on piano, and Eugene Friesen on cello.

Paul, who has been described as a master instrumentalist and “a soulful player on any instrument, conveying deep emotional content” lived & worked for four years in Rio de Janeiro after two years touring the US with Brazilian Jazz legends Airto & Flora Purim, and has also performed and/or recorded with Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, The Allman Brothers Band, Taj Mahal, David “Fathead” Newman, Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Dick Oatts, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, and Dave Samuels, as well as Brazilian stars such as Simone, Chico Buarque, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta, Alcione, Joao Bosco, and Leny Andrade, along with a veritable Who’s Who of Brazil’s top instrumental artists, including Hermeto Pascoal, Cesar Camargo Mariano, and many, many others.

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