Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Strange Beauty

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Strange Beauty

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Jeff Libman

Strange Beauty

Cellar Live Records CL40916

Jeff Libman (g) Michael Kocour (p) Ben Hedquist (b) Dom Moio (d). Tempe, AZ, July 3 & 4, 2015

And I Love Her/A Portrait of Jenny/Strange Beauty/Stop Hitting Yourself /Star Eyes/Force of Will/A Ship Without A Sail/Ecaroh. TT 51:04

How does a record producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada find four fine musicians in Arizona? The four players on this compact disc are all associated with the Arizona State University. I suspect the grapevine may be involved or a jazz festival of more than local nature may be responsible. In any case, it sure was a fortunate occasion as we have here an excellent jazz recording. Libman is a Chicago native but he now works as a clinical assistant professor of jazz studies at ASU. Kocour holds the title of Director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music as ASU. Hedquist is a graduate teaching assistant at the same school while Moio is on the faculty (I do not know his title) also as ASU. Moio, I find has studied with Alan Dawson in Boston and one would suspect at Berklee College of Music. I would guess, but do not know for sure, that none of this quartet is a native of Arizona but does it matter? They either came here to be educated at this institution or came here for employment. Anyway, they sure know each other well both socially and musically and the result is a nice cohesive program.

The list of tunes come from various locations. The first song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. …

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