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Carol Liebowitz - Solo Pianist and Singer
Carol Liebowitz Quintet
Payne / Lindal / Liebowitz Trio


First Set

First Set
Line Art Records (LA1002)

“ … the music proceeds intimately, almost as in a flashback of ideas, dense with meaning…. ‘Roy’s Joy,’ with the alto sax’s beautiful lines, clean and precise, is a truly inspired performance…. The two musicians know how to seduce the listener and leave a deep mark in his state of being.”

—Vittorio Lo Conte,musiczoom.it
Full Review(translated from original Italian)

“These recordings attest to an almost telepathic connection,
as subtle and translucent as the most exquisite Flemish lace…”

—Leonid Auskern, jazzquad.ru
Full Review (translated from original Russian)

“Both players evince an acute sensitivity to one another and to their own internal impulses, keeping the music alive and unpredictable across a wide expanse of human feeling.”

“Lyons’ expressive tone has an almost human vocal quality, and Liebowitz’s visceral command of the piano’s sonorities, her skillful use of the pedals, and her lightning-quick reflexes create a lush environment for exploration.”

—Mel Minter, melminter.com
(musically speaking: an avid listener’s observations)
Full Review

“… sublime and filled with subtle spirits…. This is a great duo…”

—Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
Full Review

“This improvisational pair recalls the duo performances of Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron in style and intensity…. almost telepathic… hypnotically engaging…”

—Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
Full Review

“… the pianist and saxophonist very comfortably establish their own sonic terrain right from the outset…. fans of Cecil Taylor-esque ivory thunder are likely to appreciate, but it’s worth emphasizing how Liebowitz and Lyons are both refreshingly unburdened by influence…”

—Joseph Neff, thevinyldistrict.com
Full Review

“… a true gem…. this January 2017 release comes MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…”

—Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
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Waves of Blue Intensities

Payne Lindal Liebowitz
Line Art Records (LA1001)

“The soliloquies merge forming a sublime crystalline sonic structure of shimmering hues…. intense and gripping…. eloquent and wistful poetry…. high caliber musicianship and intelligent, electrifying artistry…”

—Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz
Full Review

 “This trio is quite an original group…. poised in the realm of a highly communicative chamber music, in which pure improvisation reigns supreme…. It is an intense album that will not go unnoticed.”

—Vittorio Lo Conte, musiczoom.it
Full Review (translated from original Italian)

“Simply put, they sound like no one else…. a soundscape in which each dynamic and rhythmic contrast is of the utmost importance…. The recording is superb…. captures the perfect environment for this supremely sensitive trio, from whom I hope we hear a lot more.”

—Marc Medwin, Cadence Magazine
Full Review

“… it is immediately obvious that the three are totally compatible as improvisers, already sounding as if they have years of improvising experience together…. the key to this trio’s compatibility is the presence of three distinct, separate voices that each have their own story to tell but not at the expense of the others.”

—John Eyles, All About Jazz
Full Review

“It is a very imaginative trio music we hear…. All are very accomplished artists and the expression ‘the whole is more than the sum of its parts’ certainly applies…. Highly recommended…. There is much to appreciate!”

—Grego Applegate Edwards, gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot.com
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“Clearly creative improvisation is the watchword of Line Art Records.”

—Leonid Auskern, jazzquad.ru
Full Review (translated from original Russian)

see LineArtRecords.com for more reviews


The Stone — September 20, 2009

Review by Mark Weber 
(from Mark’s blog “9 Nights at The Stone, New York City”)

So, when Carol walked to the piano and sat down to play solo the only surprise that it was nothing short of great was: that it was one of the great solo piano recitals since Steinway shot his first elephant. It was outside the category of “great” or “good” and “best” it was phenomenal. The level of honesty and the huge leaps into meaningfulness that took place, not to mention just the great sounds she created. Even if she wasn’t playing stories and spinning lyric portraits for us, just the intriguing sounds she conjured out of that Yamaha were enough.... Somebody like Carol Liebowitz must have already had the germination of such ideas to have searched out Connie to be her teacher so many years ago. A case of the student being ready for the lesson.... Like those ancient philosophers who point out that your most beautiful self is already there from the beginning, that, because of the demands of modern life, it becomes layer’d and blanketed by our masks and our public persona. [click to continue reading]


Review by Chris Kelsey:

...she doesn’t sound much like any­one but her­self. Her set con­sisted of a dozen-or-so short, freely impro­vised vignettes. She took care to con­trast each move­ment from the one before it, fol­low­ing loud with soft, busy with laconic. She made good use of par­al­lel har­monies; most of her play­ing was chordal, mak­ing her infre­quent use of sin­gle lines all the more strik­ing. Liebowitz’s con­so­nances were touched with dis­so­nance, and her dis­so­nances pos­sessed the clar­ity of a major triad. The indi­vid­ual pieces, as well as the con­cert itself, were mod­els of con­ci­sion. After each, Liebowitz would look up shyly, as if to cue the capac­ity audi­ence that she had fin­ished, though there was sel­dom any doubt, so well-constructed were her improvisations.

Waves of Blue Intensities

Waves of Blue Intensities
New Artists Records (NA1021CD)

“Liebowitz is a rhythmically sophisticated improviser who is unafraid of dissonance. . . . The juxtaposition of the new with the traditional is what this duo is all about. It’s an often fascinating combination.”
—Carl Baugher, Cadence

“. . . in Liebowitz’s vocal excursions, snippets of lyrics spine fine connecting threads to the original songs, but from there on the web takes on unpredictable designs.”
—Lois Moody, Jazz News

“Quite an unusual album, and one worth hearing.”

—Chris Kelsey, Jazz Now 

Time on My Hands

Time on My Hands
New Artists Records (NA1029CD)

“From the first chorus she bends the lyrics through her sweeping, melismatic improvisations. The impression is that Liebowitz is improvising the lyrics. This gives the poetry an urgent edge. I found myself hearing the lyrics afresh. 'Love Me or Leave Me' is emotionally wrenching in a way I’ve never heard it.”
—David Dupont, Cadence