David Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake – Chi

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In the philosophical tradition of Taoism, “Chi” is the word used to describe the animating force of the universe, the breath of life that permeates all existence. A natural phenomenon, when channeled it can provide a spark to ignite seemingly supernatural powers. In their first meeting as a trio, saxophone great and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman and virtuoso percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake tap into that spiritual force to create Chi, a transcendent collaboration deeply possessed of fresh inspiration and deep roots, ancient traditions and modern invention.


1 Becoming 2:53
2 Flux 13:11
3 Continuum 6:00
4 Formless Form 8:57
5 Emergence 14:56
6 Whirl 9:49


  • Dave Liebman – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bamboo flute
  • Adam Rudolph – percussion, congas, djembe, sintir, vocal
  • Hamid Drake – drums, frame drum, percussion, vocal


Label: RareNoise Records
Released: 22 Feb 2019