Souls & Masters


Souls & Masters is a recording of eight compositions by Rhoda Averbach performed by David Liebman on soprano saxophone and Michael Gerber on piano. The album was released by Cactus Records, a division of Red Toucan Records, Montreal, Quebec.

Often, when a major artist of Liebman’s stature takes on a special project like this, rehearsal and preparation take a back seat to the artist’s travel schedule. Not so in this case. It is obvious that that a great deal of individual work and painstaking rehearsal went into this recording, as well as equal amounts of collaboration and input from the composer. This singular project should be part of any musician’s collection for its own sake; beyond that, it is equally valuable as an example of artistic collaboration and group interchange at the highest level. – David Demsey, Saxophone Journal

Souls & Masters CD

Album Reviews HERE

Compositions: Sciarrone • For Nanda • Souls and Masters • The Empress • Aurora’s Dance • Trane • Cinnamon Tree • Misinformation
Hear excerpts from five tracks on the media player.

The CD is $22.00 plus shipping.

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Souls & Masters: The Sheet Music Book is a 150-page, spiral-bound Book/CD Set which fully documents all aspects of the project. It contains the original piano compositions, all the saxophone and piano arrangements with improvisational charts, and transcriptions of Dave Liebman’s and Michael Gerber’s solos on The Empress. There are also in-depth harmonic and motivic analyses of Liebman’s and Gerber’s transcribed solos, and of the composition, The Empress, itself. The book is in the collections of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the American Music Center, and in various public and university libraries in the US and Canada.
The Book/CD Set is $32.00 plus shipping. Discounts are available for multiple copies.
HERE is an example from The Sheet Music Book
(You can change the viewing size at the top of the PDF screen.)


Thoughts and Notes by the Artists
is a 24-page booklet where Liebman, Gerber and Averbach each speaks personally about the project. In the section, Composition Notes, Averbach writes extensively about musical expression through composing, improvising and performing, and about the collaboration of individual artists.
The booklet is $12.00 plus shipping. Discounts are available for multiple copies.

HERE is an excerpt from the book.



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