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Three For All - We Three by Liebman Swallow Nussbaum

The potency between these three is good, not spectacular, but good. These three have not worked together before, but you can divide them off into pairings and they have worked together as far back as 1980. They have formed partnerships and through that partnership made this trio for this album which by all accounts is a good to great album.

Sometimes this one falls asleep in places. You tend to forget it is on, which a good thing or a bad thing depending on your thinking. Even though it seems to be slow in places, you can not take away the value of these three collectively.

Drummer Adam Nussbaum mainly sticks to the brushes, but will bring out the sticks especially on "The Jewish Warrior" which allows Liebman to shine. Liebman again is out front with the balled "The Start of Something Small" with Nussbaum taking the brushes out. All three have contributed to this album. They do reach into the Miles catalogue for "All Blues" and into Monk for "Played Twice." The Nussbaum contributions are excellent, with "Up and Adam" standing out as well as they Liebman tracks.

With the songs written by the three and the Davis and Monk takes, Liebman, Swallow and Nussbaum have an album here, some times a little show in places, but most times it stands out. These three have a three for all here and it is colorful, with the inclusion of a Nussbaum original painting on the inside cover, the colors really stand out.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Liebman Swallow Nussbaum
  • CD Title: Three For All - We Three
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Challenge Records
  • Tracks: What Time Is It, Played Twice, We 3, Up and Adam, The Jewish Warrior, Whistling Past The Graveyard, I Only Have Eyes For You, Cycling, All Blues, The Start of Something Small, BTU.
  • Musicians: Dave Liebman (sax & flutes), Steve Swallow (bass), Adam Nussbaum (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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