Since I first heard soprano saxophonist David Liebman and the Italian pianist, composer and conductor Enrico Intra play a duet on “Over The Rainbow,” it has been in the back of mind to share it with you on Rifftides. Today, the back of my mind freed the thought.
This was at the Music Club Le Scimmie in Milan in February of 2009. Liebman and Intra depart from Harold Arlen’s melody just enough to emphasize its purity.
Last summer, Intra was honored on his 80th birthday in a celebration concert that featured a cross-section of leading Italian musicians including Franco Ambrosetti, Enrico Rava and Enrico Pieranunzi. During their time together in Milan, Liebman and Intra recorded a quartet album.