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  • Audio CD (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0066GT7J2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard's second ECM album introduces his freely lyrical new trio with Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford. All three players share a sense of stylistic open-mindedness. Drummer Rochford is one of the young players changing perceptions of British jazz with bands Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland, while Algiers-born French bassist Benita, who cites Charlie Haden and Scott LaFaro as influences, has played with Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz and in the ELB trio with Nguyên Lê and Peter Erskine.

Repertoire here includes originals by Sheppard, Benita and Rochford, plus group improvisations and the standard 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows'. In all contexts, interaction is highly creative, as Benita and Rochford respond perceptively to Sheppard's melodically and rhythmically inventive lines. Although Sheppard set up a residency for the trio at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh early in 2009, to explore the group's creative potential and to develop repertoire, this debut album was not recorded until July 2011 at Auditorio Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano.

While Andy Sheppard has recorded extensively with Carla Bley for the ECM-distributed WATT label, he recorded his first ECM leader date in 2008. Movements In Colour, featuring an international line-up with John Parricelli and Eivind Aarset on guitars, Arild Andersen on bass, and Kuljit Bhamra on tabla, was acclaimed by the press and became a bestseller in Britain.

Personnel: Andy Sheppard (tenor and soprano saxophones), Michel Benita (double-bass), Sebastian Rochford (drums)


(4 stars) An album of stately elegance and beauty...flows gracefully from one track to the next...a truly gorgeous piece of music-making. -- Jazzwise, (Duncan Heining), February 2012

(4 stars) Each track is a delight of swaying tempos, unresolved tensions and subtle textures. -- Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), February 18, 2012

(4 stars) Land Of Nod has Sheppard tooting a lovely, dancing theme you'll find yourself whistling after a few listens. -- Metro, (Robert Shore), January 30, 2012

(4 stars) This co-op trio puts Sheppard on a whole new level...there's a lovely, oblique version of "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows". -- The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson), February 5, 2012

(5 stars) Full of melody, character and spontaneous empathy...a masterclass in imparting ambiguity and depth to the smallest sounds. -- The Guardian, (John Fordham), February 10, 2012

The music's very understated, elegant, often folksong-like and atmospheric..Trio Libero reveals more charms and more depth of interest with every play. -- The Sunday Herald, (Rob Adams), March 4, 2012

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Finbar the looney on 30 Jan. 2012
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A new Andy Shepperd album is always well worth a listen,and the nomadic,hard working maestro r eturns to form with this release,after the slightly disappointing "Movements in Colour".
This is typically an ECM recording and production,with unbelivable clarity,Sheppard swoops and swerves to glorious effect like an eagle soaring at hights that are very rarely achieved.
The tunes are delicately played,with infusions of melody that are truly gorgious,which even say,Jan Garbarek would find hard to believe,how can a musician play like this?
As usual,for an ECM release,the trio format works wonderfully well,beautiful bass playing throughout ,and, very subtle drums.
This is without doubt Andy,Michel and Sebastian playing at their best
This is Andy's best album since "Nocturnal tourist"
buy this and fall under its spell.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Olukayode Balogun on 3 Feb. 2012
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I have a lot of time for Andy Sheppard. I've been a huge fan for years and have practically all his CDs including the ones he did with Carla Bley. If we have a better jazz saxophonist in this country, I'm yet to hear him. Or her.

I was really looking forward to this release but I write this review - my first in ages - bitterly disappointed. I don't like it at all. Sax/drum/bass trios are tough to pull of at the best of times in my opinion and it's not as if Sheppard doesn't have the chops. But the songs are dull, there's no rythm or melody to them and the whole affair is boringly depressing. It's several steps down from his last release, 2009's appropriately titled Movements In Colour and if this album outsells that one I'm prepared to eat my hat.

ECM are a great label, Manfred Eicher is a phenomenal producer, a legend almost. But in my view, Andy Sheppard should go back to what he's best at. Bright, funky soulful jazz music - that involves at least four players.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By degrant on 13 Feb. 2012
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Andy Sheppard's debut on ECM "Movements in Colour" was both critically acclaimed and popular, confirming his kinship with the great label as he collaborated with artists of the stature of Arild Andersen. However, for all its confidence and accomplishment there was not always a depth to the melodic grace and rhythmic suppleness. Although Sheppard's tone is as easily identifiable, "Trio Libero" is in some ways an inverse of its predecessor. The saxophone, bass and drums sound is sparse compared with the instrumentation on "Movements in Colour" and there is almost a languid diffidence to much of the music and fans of Seb Rochford (whether for Polar Bear or one of his countless other projects) might well be disappointed by the minimalist approach he adopts for much of the album bar a few noticeable exceptions (such as the fiery "Slip Duty").

However, while "Trio Libero" is not the masterpiece some are claiming it is much better than one reviewer gives it credit for and, at its best, is magnificent. The highlights for me are "Spacewalk, Parts 1 and 2" - Sheppard's tone is majestic, even massive and the music has an almost symphonic scope, calling to mind Arild Andersen's own recent saxophone trio release "Live At Belleville". Elsewhere Sheppard occasionally produces a ghostly sound eerily reminiscent of Jon Hassell's trumpet and once the lovely lyrical "When we live on the stars" brings a close on the album, we are left with a warm but strange feeling of having heard something very fine but slightly elusive and effervescent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert O. Davidson VINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2012
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This album is outstanding. From my experience of Andy Sheppard it represents something of a departure from his usual more up tempo and much busier offerings.

The sax / bass /drums only line-up can be hard to pull off because the musicians have no place to hide but this album works and then some. The overall feel is of crisp, pared-back, latin tinged, low key, delicate jazz with acres of open space underpinned by the textures and accents provided by the sensitive drums of Sebastian Rochford and the Charlie Haden-like bass playing of Michel Benita. Mentioning Haden brings to mind the wonderful 'Magico' album that he made with Jan Garbarek in 1980. This is similar in feel. That album, like this one, was on the ECM label and they both exhibit ECM's quality hallmarks of melodically haunting music complemented by clear and pristine production and virtuoso musicianship. As you would expect from ECM, the musicians are allowed to breathe and express themselves without any unnecessary clutter. Sheppard's tone is more rounded and mellow than Garbarek's sometimes shrill approach and it suits the mood of the album perfectly. If you like the Haden / Garbarek 'Magico' album and music of that ilk then this is for you. Don't hesitate, buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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Solid performance by Shepard laid back stuff in the main .
Nice late at night great sound quality as usual from ECM
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