Review: Carol Liebowitz-Nick Lyons – First Set

Carol Liebowitz-Nick Lyons – FIRST SET:  Since my own jazz orientation is towards improvised jazz piano (you can check some of that out at my Zzaj Productions Internet Archive), I am always looking for high-caliber performers who understand that “improv” isn’t just action & reaction… it must be true talent that guides the players on their free-form explorations… well, as you’ll hear on the superb “Turquoise Echo“, Carol’s piano and Nick’s alto sax work perfectly together to prove their jazz mettle!

I hear the influences of our dearly departed friend Connie Crothers in Carol’s piano, which makes sense, since Carol studied with her (as well as many others)… the fact that this is recorded live makes it a true gem, too… the recording focus is on the playing, but you also get some really nice audience reaction woven in as well.  The playful spirit you’ll hear on the blues-rooted “Roy’s Joy” will make your day turn from overcast to brilliantly shining… I absolutely loved the interaction between the duo on this piece; totally alive!

Of the eight improvisations offered up, it is the gentle flow of the 7:51 opener, “Carol’s Dream“, that got my pick for personal favorite.  If you love improvised piano, this January 2017 release comes MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by me; it gets an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98.  Get more information on Carol’s page for the album.          Rotcod Zzaj


Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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