Blessed with...a program that ranges from sparkling originals to classic tunes from Brazil to jazz standards to one of the best covers of a Beatles tune by a jazz player, the recording shines... ‘Lovely’ is a weak word for this stunning, heartfelt, and emotional work... In truth, "Ibeji" is "soul" music through and through, in the way that John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme", JS Bach's "6 Suites for Cello", and, yes, [Beethoven’s] "Song of Joy" is "soul" music to my ears. The music comes from a place that combines technique, intelligence, experience, emotions and risk-taking that pushes the musician beyond the ordinary or the commonplace. How one reacts to this joyful creation is a matter of personal taste but, for this listener, I am going to return to this recording over and over because I like just how fine this music makes me feel." Other recent activities include a new saxophone quartet co-founded with Gary Smulyan, Marty Ehrlich, and Jason Robinson, repeat appearances as featured guest soloist with Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, regular appearances with the groups of numerous other Grammy winners, including Jaimoe, Brazilian composer/multi-instrumentalist Thiago de Mello, hornist/composer John Clark, and pianist/composers Paul Sullivan and Jeffrey Wayne Holmes, and creation of the wind/percussion music for three different productions by the world renowned Young@Heart Chorus, subject of an award winning Fox Searchlight documentary.
Paul was named to the editorial board of the journal “Analytical Approaches to World Music” in 2010. Reviewers, listeners, and fellow performers call Paul “inspired” and “inspiring,” citing the “joy,” “understanding,” “commitment,” and “heart” in his music, and the “great lyricism,” “supreme facility,” and “impeccable time” with which he plays. After a session at Mickey Hart’s, Gil Evans noted to Airto: “everything he plays sounds right,” and David Sanborn responded to a show at New York’s Village Gate with a surprise kiss! Paul earned his BA in Music at Yale University in 1978, and began freelancing in New York, where he studied privately with Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman, and Lee Konitz, and supplemented his income accompanying dance classes for Merce Cunningham Studio, Dan Wagoner, NYU and Princeton University. It was during this period, while working with Grammy nominee Thiago de Mello’s Brazilian big band “Amazon,” that Paul began developing the unique approach to the piccolo with which he consistently ignites audiences. Paul responded to simultaneous tour invitations in 1982 from Buddy Rich and Brazilian Jazz legends Airto and Flora Purim by becoming the only “gringo” in the all-Brazilian group, and toured the US for the next two years, where he appeared at major clubs, theaters, and festivals, performed for audiences of up to 30,000, and made his Lincoln Center debut. An invitation to move to Brazil led Paul to Rio de Janeiro from 1985 to 1989, where he found the love of his life, assimilated so completely he was regularly presumed a native, and became Brazil’s first call studio sax and flute player, recording on over 50 albums and many jingles and TV soundtracks, which in turn led to arranging and producing work for CBS, Warner, and other labels. During this period he acquired an extraordinary knowledge of Brazilian music and musicians. Paul has performed and/or recorded with Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Don Grusin, Jaco Pastorius, Mickey Hart, Taj Mahal, Rufus Reid, Jaki Byard, David “Fathead” Newman, Bernard Purdy, Lew Soloff, Paquito D’Rivera, Ronnie Foster, Claudio Roditi, Dick Oatts, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Wayne Bergeron, Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels, Bobby Sanabria, The Temptations, David Byrne, Oscar Stagnaro, Mark Walker, the Springfield Symphony, and even Zippy the Chimp, as well as Brazilian stars such as Simone, Chico Buarque, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta, Alcione, Joao Bosco, Leny Andrade, Miucha, and Roberto Carlos, along with a veritable Who’s Who of Brazil’s top instrumental artists, including Hermeto Pascoal, Cesar Camargo Mariano, and many, many others. In addition to extended gigs at such New York music shrines as Sweet Basil and SOB’s and national tours of the U.S.
and Brazil, Paul has also performed in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Hawaii, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, and Wales. After a temporary 2006 appointment as Adjunct Professor of Jazz Theory and Improvisation at UMass Amherst, Paul earned his Master’s degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging there while still teaching, and was then appointed full-time Jazz Faculty for the next two years. He also makes Featured Artist, Master Class, and Adjudication appearances at high schools and colleges. Paul Lieberman is a Rico Artist, and endorses JodyJazz mouthpieces. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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