Dave Liebman & Franco D'Andrea: Autumn Leaves
Nine Again (Red Records RR 123234–2)
Composed by Joseph Kosma & Jacques Prévert.
Recorded: Milano, April 1989
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
These two know their standards so well that they can choose to approach them from as many angles as they want. After Liebman tiptoes into the melody while D'Andrea comps a delicate, softly bouncing intro, this cat and mouse playing around the familiar chords carries on for more than seven minutes with no letup in inspiration. The soprano soars wildly while the piano builds rock-steady foundations in the low register, then hushes while its companion improvises in a dreamy yet earthy way. Liebman and D'Andrea know a lot about standards—and obviously about empathy and team playing, too.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num