Dave Liebman

  • Naoki Hayashi
  • Dave Liebman

Few jazz saxophonists over the course of the last four decades have been as powerful, prolific, and adaptable as Dave Liebman, a furiously talented technician who first made his mark as an energetic blower in the early 70s electric bands of Miles Davis—that’s him blowing astringent, tireless lines on albums like On the Corner, Dark Magus, and Get Up With It. In the years since, he’s demonstrated facility in just about every contemporary jazz style—namely fusion, free jazz, and postbop—although his sound owes its greatest debt to John Coltrane. Liebman makes a rare Chicago visit on Saturday, when he plays the Green Mill with a strong local band: pianist Jim Trompeter, bassist Kelly Sill, and drummer Joel Spencer.