David Liebman – Pendulum

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Pendulum is a live album by saxophonist David Liebman which was recorded at the Village Vanguard in early 1978 and originally released on the Artists House label. In 2008 the album was rereleased by Mosaic Records as part of a 3 CD box set with eight additional unreleased recordings from the same performances.

AllMusic Review by David R. Adler:
Recorded at the Village Vanguard in the spring of 1978, this album is an obscure classic of hard-hitting, post-bop New York jazz. It consists of only three tunes, played by a tremendous lineup — Liebman on tenor and soprano saxes (he’d soon switch to soprano exclusively, then back again around 1996), Randy Brecker on trumpet, Richard Beirach on piano, Frank Tusa on bass, and Al Foster on drums. The quintet begins with Beirach’s modal milestone “Pendulum” and hammers away at it for over 18 minutes. Liebman’s mid-tempo, boppish “Piccadilly Lilly” is next, followed by a 17-minute romp on Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints.” The original LP includes photos of the band, in garish ’70s garb, kicking back with Max Gordon, the late owner of the Vanguard. There’s also a booklet with Liebman’s shop-talking liner notes, an early Liebman discography, and lead sheets for “Piccadilly Lilly” and “Pendulum.” A collector’s item, and a terrific listen as well.

Track listing:
“Pendulum” (Richard Beirach) – 18:18
“Picadilly Lilly” (David Liebman) – 7:27
“Footprints” (Wayne Shorter) – 17:14

Personnel:
David Liebman – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Randy Brecker – trumpet
Richie Beirach – piano
Frank Tusa – bass
Al Foster – drums

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Released: 1979
Recorded: February 4 and 5, 1978
Venue Village Vanguard, NYC
Length: 42:59
Label: Artists House
AH 8
Producer: John Snyder

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