MACHINE MASS feat. Dave LIEBMAN pairs the legendary saxophonist (Miles Davis, Elvin Jones...) with longtime collaborator drummer Tony Bianco (Elton Dean, Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, douBt) and guitarist Michel Delville (The Wrong Object, douBt). Graced by Liebman’s extraordinary phrasing and improvising skills, “INTI” combines free improvisation with tight rhythmic structures, post-Bitches Brew time signatures with ambient episodes, spreading across different musical and spiritual realities, both playfully and intensely. The band ventures into the fiery electro-jazz territories explored by Bianco and Delville’s recent Machine Mass Trio, which also showcased both musicians’ capacity to listen closely and improvise over unpredictable chord, rhythm and time changes while handling live electronics and computer loops.
“Dave Liebman is one of the most creative jazz saxophonists on the planet” (John Fordham, The Guardian, London) “…the most breathtaking sweep of emotions that might be heard on soprano saxophone for some time to come.” (All About Jazz)
"Michel Delville’s fantastic guitar leads build (once again) to the far corners of the universe” (Dick Metcalf, Rotcod Zzaj) “… quite stunning whether soloing or filling out the spaces between” (Duncan Heining, Jazzwise Magazine, UK)
“Tony Bianco allies grace and power, propelling both sessions with unflinching stamina” (Francois Couture, All Music Guide 2002)
released June 28, 2016
MICHEL DELVILLE guitar, Roland GR-09, electronics;
TONY BIANCO drums, loops, percussion;
DAVE LIEBMAN soprano & tenor sax, wooden flute.
With special guest SABA TEWELDE vocals (on track 7).
Produced by Machine Mass.
Recorded at Red Rock Recording Studios, Saylorsburg, PA (USA).
October 10, 2012, by Kent Heckman.
Mixed and mastered by Jon Wilkinson..
Executive production by Leonardo Pavkovic.
A few years ago, I was quite happy to learn, that a band of former members under the moniker Soft Machine Legacy, well, kept the Soft Machine legacy alive. I liked their last albums very much, but it seems to me, as if (ha) the return to the original name inspired a return to the very old form. Tunes, grooves, atmosphere - all there. And btw, I'm becoming a huge Theo Travis fan ;-) Carsten Pieper