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Depth of Emotion

by Ed Saindon Dave Liebman

Dave Liebman and Ed Saindon team up for a new sound featuring soprano and vibes. The quartet's repertoire focuses on original compositions. Contemporary jazz that ranges from delicate lyricism to intense, virtuosic displays played with abandon.
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1. The Last Goodbye
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2. The Healing
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3. Green Dolphin Street
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4. Moon River
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5. Tokyo Nights
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6. Giorgio's Theme
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7. Sao Paulo
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8. Alpine Sunset
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9. The Healing (alt. take)
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10. Piazzolla
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11. Joyful Sorrow
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12. Silent Serenity
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13. 18th's Child
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14. Life's Dreams
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Depth of Emotion review in ejazznews:

Crafting a unique blend of contemporary jazz, pianist Ed Saindon and saxophonist Dave Liebman offer a session of cutting edge music with intelligent charts and spontaneous improvisation to produce a quality recording with “Depth of Emotion.” Saindon, who not only plays the piano, but is also a four mallet vibist and plays the marimba as well, is featured as co-leader with Liebman who performs on the soprano sax. The duo are accompanied by bassist David Clark and Mark Walker on the drums forming one tight quartet.

Except for two standards provided fresh interpretations here, Saindon provides all original compositions. The quartet opens the music with the melancholy “The Last Goodbye” paying homage to the late Herb Pomeroy with whom Saindon performed for many years. On this tune Liebman introduces the music with his soprano voice eventually giving way to Saindon on the vibes then reengages to finish out a somber piece.

The group performs a light hearted rendition of the Kaper/Washington standard “Green Dolphin Street,” where Liebman delivers some of his best solos of the album. Saindon provides an exquisite piano solo on one of the very best renditions of the Mancini/Mercer classic, “Moon River” I’ve ever heard as the saxophonist and pianist play off each other quite well.

Saindon leads off on the piano on “Tokyo Nights,” later engaged by Liebman who together deliver another beautiful harmony in one of the best tunes here. The album ends featuring the pianist performing several short vignettes on the piano titled “Piano Solo Reflections.”

This is one of those new 2008 releases containing a repertoire of refreshing new music that critics and the average jazz audiences will love. Assembling a unique combo, With “Depth of Emotion,” Ed Saindon and Dave Liebman chart a new course in modern jazz that deserves serious attention.

Ed Blanco - ejazznews jazz critic and host of Miami, Florida's jazz station WDNA

Depth of Emotion review in VortexJazz (UK):

Depth of Emotion is a quartet featuring soprano saxophonist/flautist Dave Liebman, vibes/piano/marimba player Ed Saindon, bassist David Clark and drummer Mark Walker, and this album contains nine band tracks and five solo piano pieces.

A teacher at the Berklee School of Music who began his musical career as a drummer, Saindon has made previous recordings with the late Herb Pomeroy (to whom this album's opening track, 'The Last Goodbye' is dedicated), Ken Peplowski and Warren Vaché, and (in a duo) with pianist Kenny Werner; he provides the originals on this album, and they run the stylistic and emotional gamut from the above-mentioned threnody, in which Liebman's characterful soprano snakes above Saindon's glowing vibes, to latin-inflected ('Sao Paulo') and gently wafting ('The Healing'), but whatever the mood or style (there are also visits to familiar pieces such as 'Green Dolphin Street' and 'Moon River'), the quartet play intelligently balanced, dynamic, vigorous but relaxed and informal music (the whole session took just three hours to record, and thus has the air of a meeting of sympathetic, like minds).

Saindon's vibes and marimba playing is tasteful but powerfully expressive, his piano pieces more quietly reflective; overall, this album provides an enjoyably representative sample of his considerable compositional and instrumental skills.

Chris Parker - U.K. jazz critic

All Music Guide review:

Comfortable with both inside and outside playing, soprano saxman Dave Liebman has shown himself to be admirably flexible over the years. Liebman has appeared in avant-garde settings at times, but he has been equally successful on very straight-ahead albums, and his performances are definitely straight-ahead on Depth of Emotion, a 2006 date he co-leads with vibist/pianist/marimba player Ed Saindon. This 72-minute CD (which includes a few standards but is dominated by Saindon's compositions) obviously called for Liebman to emphasize his more lyrical side, and he does exactly that on thoughtful, reflective Saindon pieces such as "The Last Goodbye," "Giorgio's Theme," and the Brazilian-influenced "São Paolo." That is not to say that Depth of Emotion does not have its cerebral moments; the standard "On Green Dolphin Street," for example, is given a decidedly angular treatment from Saindon and Liebman (who form an acoustic quartet with bassist David Clark and drummer Mark Walker). And their interpretation of "Moon River," although melodic, isn't nearly as sentimental as other recordings of the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer favorite. Listeners who associate "Moon River" with the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's (starring Audrey Hepburn) will have one of two reactions to the Saindon/Liebman version: either they will long for something more sentimental, or they will applaud Saindon and Liebman for taking the song in a different direction, and if a listener has the second reaction, you will know that he/she really understands what makes many post-bop musicians tick. But Depth of Emotion is, on the whole, a lyrical and fairly accessible session for Saindon and Liebman, who are in equally strong form on this memorable disc.

Jazz critic Alex Henderson

Depth in Emotion features the blend of Dave Liebman’s soprano along with Ed Saindon’s vibes, piano and marimba. The quartet’s focus is on group dialogue, improvisation, and spontaneity played with an extreme dynamic range. The repertoire focuses on original compositions that evoke a wide range of emotions for the listener. The music can best be described as contemporary jazz that ranges from delicate lyricism to intense, virtuosic displays played with abandon.

“The aspect of this recording that impressed me the most is the incredible uniformity of the compositions; yet within each tune, there are different sets of musical challenges especially in the harmonic realm. The combination of the vibes with the soprano is a lovely texture that I had never before explored. Ed’s music is very listenable, and at the same time quite sophisticated.” Dave Liebman

Musing on the Music

Depth of Emotion is about creating and evoking emotions through music. This music should hopefully take the listener to places filled with a wide range of moods, feelings, and emotions. This is one of the most important gifts of music both from the standpoint of the player and the listener. Besides emotion, inspiration is another catalyst in the process of composition and improvisation.

Inspiration for musicians and composers can come from many sources. It might be a special person, a city or a mountain scene. In the case of “The Last Goodbye,” “Sao Paulo,” and “Alpine Sunset,” all of the above were sources of inspiration.

“The Last Goodbye” is in honor of legendary educator Herb Pomeroy who was a special musician and person who recently passed away. I had the privilege to play with Herb for many years in a duo format. He was a huge influence on me and so many other musicians in the jazz community. He will surely be missed, but his music and legacy will live on through everyone who knew and played with him.

“Sao Paulo” was inspired by a trip to Brazil several years ago that I undertook to give some clinics and concerts. It was a great experience and I loved the people, music, and food.

“Alpine Sunset” was written after a trip to Switzerland that my wife Pam and I took. The photo on the cover of this recording was taken from our chalet where we were staying in Interlaken, Switzerland. We traveled by train to the summit of Jungfrau which is the mountain on the right shown in the photo. Needless to say, it was an awe inspiring experience.

“Giorgio’s Theme” was written for Giorgio Pacassoni, the father of Marco Pacassoni, a former student from Italy. Giorgio and the Pacassoni family treated my wife and me to a wonderful trip in Italy several years ago. When we recorded this song, I was playing marimba in an isolated booth and couldn’t see Dave. The rhythm section started the song and all of a sudden I heard this beautiful, wooden Indian flute. It was totally unexpected and no one had any idea that Dave had brought it to the session. It was very effective in helping to create the right mood for the composition.

The “Piano Solo Reflections” are short, musical vignettes simply rendered to evoke a medley of moods for the listener. Being a fan of Astor Piazzolla and his music, I wrote “Piazzolla” in his honor. Piazzolla was a tremendous composer/musician and his powerful music is filled with a great deal of emotion.

“Joyful Sorrow” for me evokes many emotions. In music, it’s interesting how a piece of music can elicit multiple and layered emotions simultaneously. A composition can evoke both sadness and melancholy while at the same time elicit a sense of peacefulness and joy.

The entire session was recorded in three hours and had a relaxed feel. In essence, it felt like a musical dialogue among empathetic friends. It was clear from the beginning of the session and throughout, that everyone was stretching, listening and certainly not “playing it safe.” The session was over before we knew it. I hope you enjoy this music as much as we enjoyed playing it.

Ed Saindon
September 2007

Ed Saindon

Coming from the “four mallet school,” Ed Saindon has developed and continues to refine a pianistic approach to mallet playing which involves a consistent utilization of all four mallets along with a variety of dampening techniques. Saindon has absorbed and transferred the influences from the piano lineage that stretches from Waller and Tatum up to the present. Originally a drummer, Saindon began playing the vibraphone along with piano while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1972-1976.

As a concert artist, Saindon has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. He has played and or recorded with Ken Peplowski, Warren Vache, Kenny Werner, Mick Goodrick, Fred Hersch, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Louie Bellson, Howard Alden, Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson, Dave McKenna, Marvin Stamm, Michael Moore and others.

In addition to performing, Saindon’s other passion is music education. He is a Professor at Berklee where he has been teaching since 1976. He is also active in the field of music education as a clinician and author. Saindon is a clinician for Yamaha and Vic Firth giving clinics and residencies on vibraphone, marimba, piano, drums, jazz theory and harmony, composition and improvisation. Berklee Press has published his book Berklee Practice Method: Vibraphone and German publisher Advance Music recently issued his new book Exploration in Rhythm, Volume 1, Rhythmic Phrasing in Improvisation.

In addition to writing books, Saindon has authored many articles on music education, jazz theory and improvisation. He is currently the vibraphone and jazz mallet editor for the International Percussive Arts Society’s magazine Percussive Notes. His articles have appeared in many publications including Downbeat, Percussive Notes, and Percussioner International.

CD Review Excerpts

“a master of the four mallet technique"
Jazz Times

"A marvelous technician"
CD Review
“an astounding solo performance” Jazz Journal

"virtuosic playing" Penguin Guide to Jazz

“exquisite touch of a world-class musician” Jazziz
"elegant, pianistic, four mallet vibist"
All Music Guide

“Ed Saindon and Kenny Werner complement each other so well that at times it becomes difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins.” JazzReview.com

“an original approach to the vibraphone...Saindon has adapted and developed his self- styled pianistic approach.” Down Beat

“over the years, Saindon has developed his “piano style” vibraphone technique…a wonderful tribute to the potential of the vibraphone.” Percussive Notes

Dave Liebman

After some time spent with Ten Wheel Drive, one of the early jazz-fusion groups from the 70’s, Dave Liebman secured the saxophone/flute position with the group of legendary Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones. Within two years, Liebman reached the zenith of his apprenticeship period when Miles Davis hired him. These years, 1970-74, were filled with tours, recordings and the incredible experience gained by being on the bandstand with two masters of jazz. At the same time, Liebman began exploring his own music-first in the Open Sky Trio with Bob Moses and then with Richie Beirach in Lookout Farm.

Liebman has performed with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Eddie Gomez, Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, and others. He is a Grammy nominee with over 50 recordings as a leader and over 200 recorded original compositions, ranging from orchestral works and string/wind/sax quartets to re-workings of Puccini and Bernstein to world music with Sardinian, Indian, and Asian musicians.

Liebman has written several pedagogical texts and was "teaching" jazz well before the subject was generally recognized. He is also the founder (1989) and present artistic director of the IASJ, the International Association of Schools of Jazz, an organization comprised of international jazz schools from over 40 countries. His teaching activities at universities and in clinic settings have taken him literally around the world, primarily because of his varied musical interests, expertise on several instruments and ability to articulate the intricacies of the jazz language, aesthetic and technique. Liebman himself has received two NEA grants for composition (1980) and performance (1991).

In 1997, Liebman received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. In 1998, David was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Jazz Solo for the recording of "My Favorite Things" on Thank You, John (Arkadia) and was inducted in 2000 into the Hall of Fame of The International Association of Jazz Educators for his contributions to jazz pedagogy.

Distributors: For inquiries regarding distribution and quantity discounts,contact Ed Saindon at edsaindon@comcast.net

Promoters: For booking information,press kits, sample CDs and one sheets, contact Ed Saindon at edsaindon@comcast.net




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