(Beethoven-Haus Bonn | 6.5.2016)
Over the nearly fifty years of their relationship, Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach have carved out a place in jazz history through their collaborations in several distinct settings: as a duo, in the iconic fusion group of the 1970s, Lookout Farm, and with the critically acclaimed quartet Quest in the 1980s. Their musical telepathy is documented on several dozen recordings. Their history is part of jazz folklore, beginning with their mutual apprenticeships (most notably Liebman with Elvin Jones and Miles Davis, and Beirach with Stan Getz and Chet Baker). The two were also leaders of Free Life Communication, the musicians’ collective that grew out of the New York City loft scene in the 1970s. Their influence as teachers, authors, composers, and performers is acknowledged worldwide. This is especially apparent in the harmonic realm, where they developed a way of playing that reflected developments in 20th century classical composition alongside a unique approach to the standard jazz repertoire. Most of all, no matter how sophisticated their music may be, it is always heartfelt and passionate.
Dave Liebman – saxophone
Richie Beirach – piano