Album Remarks & Appraisals:
After 20 years of exploring free, collective improvisation with his former group, Liebman embarks on a brilliant new adventure, with a new generation of talented musicians eager, like their bandleader, to alter the language of jazz. His influences Monk and Miles endure, with unpredictable rhythms and harmonic devices, especially on excursions like the funky "Liberian Hummingbird" and the uniquely re-harmonized "Level One." "Samsara" recycles and re-orders the twelve pitches of Western music several times in tempo, key and rhythm over a colorful canvas.
Personnel: Matt Vashlishan (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone); David Liebman (wooden flute, soprano saxophone); Bobby Avey (piano, electric piano); Tony Marino (acoustic bass, electric bass); Alex Ritz (drums, frame drum).
Audio Mixers: Bobby Avey; Matt Vashlishan.
Recording information: Spectra Sound, Nazareth, PA (12/29/2013/12/30/2013).
Editors: Bobby Avey; Matt Vashlishan.
Photographer: Bud Nealy.