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Andy Sheppard
Michel Benita
Sebastian Rochford
Trio Libero

Andy Sheppard tenor and soprano saxophones
Michel Benita double-bass
Sebastian Rochford drums
 
Libertino
Slip Duty
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
Spacewalk Part 1
Dia da Liberdade
Land of Nod
The Unconditional Secret
Ishidatami
Skin / Kaa
Spacewalk Part 2
Whereveryougoigotoo
Lots of Stairs
When We Live On The Stars...

Recorded July 2011

ECM 2252
 
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UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard’s second ECM album introduces his freely lyrical new trio with Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford. All three players share a sense of stylistic open-mindedness. Drummer Rochford is one of the young players changing perceptions of British jazz with bands Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland. Algiers-born French bassist Benita, who cites Charlie Haden and Scott LaFaro as influences, has played with Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz and in the ELB trio with Nguyên Lê and Peter Erskine. Repertoire here includes originals by Sheppard, Benita and Rochford, plus group improvisations and the standard “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows.” In all contexts, interaction is highly creative, as Benita and Rochford respond perceptively to Sheppard’s melodically and rhythmically inventive lines. Recorded July 2011 at Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano.

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