U of T Jazz presents
Liebman/Murley Quartet featuring Jim Vivian and Terry Clarke
Live at U of T
U of T Jazz has been privileged to have Dave Liebman as a visiting artist/adjunct professor since 2013. His tenure has culminated in two important recording collaborations with students and faculty. The student collaboration with the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gordon Foote produced Sweet Ruby Suite, featuring the music of Kenny Wheeler with guest artist Norma Winstone. Recorded by the UTJO in March 2016, this critically acclaimed release has most certainly brought international attention to the world-class level of the U of T Jazz program.
On Jan 6, 2017 members of the U of T Jazz Faculty came together with Liebman in our concert space at 90 Wellesley St West to produce Live at U of T. Bassist Jim Vivian and I have worked and recorded with Liebman at various times over past years with our relationship stretching back to the Banff Jazz Workshop in the early 1980s. Drummer Terry Clarke and Liebman are both veterans of the international jazz scene dating back to the late 1960s and their musical rapport was instantly apparent. The result of this collaboration is a recording that I believe truly captures the spirit and spontaneity of live jazz in an intimate setting.
- Mike Murley
Mike has been a bro for decades, at one point sounding more like me than me! He has developed into a truly mature jazz player, as described… spontaneity from the get-go, with the highest of skill levels. The same can be said for Jim, dating back decades… ready for whatever comes down the pike. This was the first time I played seriously with Terry and he is indeed a master, with the ability to switch styles and grooves on the spot. Added to this mix, these are among the sweetest guys around…always fun, but dead serious when it comes to the music.
- Dave Liebman