David Liebman

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Sweet Hands

Sophisticated, dark harmonies predominate on this mid-‘70s offering from soprano and tenor saxophonist Liebman, who was not averse to running his instruments through some electronics at the time. The album is quite varied: some tracks have an Indian theme, which is mainly provided by tabla player Badal Roy, whose feature ‘Sweet Hand Roy’ has an authentically hippy feel to it, but the high-impact opening track ‘Dr Faustus’ is a jazz-rock groove, while the predominant feel is simply advanced, straight-ahead jazz. The two highlights are ‘Dark Lady’, a medium-slow number with a very memorable bass-led theme, and ‘Napanoch’, a Coltranesque burn-out for Liebman’s sinewy, shape-shifting tenor.