"Dave LeFebvre has assembled a wonderful recording, beautiful in its simplicity and lack of pretentiousness.
From Soul to Soul has seven melodic and swinging cuts of substance and depth. This date grooves, swings and rocks."
-- Lee Thomas, KCSM,
San Mateo, CA
"Outstanding soprano and tenor work."
-- Dan Jacobsen, KLON, Long Beach, CA
"Le Febvre deserves a lot of credit for being contemporary without sounding poppish."
Bayer, East Lansing, MI
"Le Febvre displays ample ability on his instruments and has assembled a fine group."
Quinn, KUT, Austin TX
"They play through Latin, funk and lots of up-tempo things -- all with a distinctly personal
and jazz-based consciousness."
-- Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner
From Soul to Soul (LaPhase Music, 2011)
The title track of this recording, "From Soul to Soul," is dedicated tothe late Michael Brecker. His amazing
career unfolded in front me like a master class on playing the saxophone, the EWI, and on jazz composition. This song is a heartfelt thank you to
Michael (albeit late) for all of the inspiration given to many players like myself who followed him throughout the years.
While I have also been inspired by players like Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and many others, I found Michael
to be searching for something new and willing to try new things to further the limits of the saxophone while pushing the boundaries of jazz as
an art form.
1) The "Introduction" is played on the EWI. This is an instrument I first heard Tom Scott play back in the 70’s
and fell in love with it (he played the Lyricon). Michael Brecker took the EWI to a whole new level in his live performances during the 80’s and 90’s. EWI's
became affordable in the 80’s and I started doing some recordings back then and had a lot of fun enjoying the new "double" as I was playing a lot
of flute and clarinet in those days as well. Percussionist Michelle Goerlitz did a great job on this improvised duet.
2) "From Soul to Soul" was a song I had written a while back that has evolved into this very energetic driving
tune that I associate with much of Michael Brecker's music.
3) The composition "A Nordic Tale” was inspired by a story I read to my daughter when she was young. Although
the story was light and fun, the thought of trying to capture the feel of a Nordic winter was an interesting musical challenge. This tune reminds me a lot of
early Jan Garbarek and Kenny Wheeler, who are two of my favorites. The meter is in a 15-beat pattern, 4-4-4-3.
4) The next song was inspired by Weather Report, and is dedicated to my late friend Claude Matringe. Claude played bass
on several of our tours in France. He had a great sense of humor and was an excellent musician. He is sorely missed. I named this song "Hybrid," as
it was originally written as a Latin tune with a Jaco Pastorius kind of groove. As we played this tune on gigs, it took on a funky groove and even a
straight-ahead walking four at one point in the solo section! Thus you have a tune that qualifies as a Hybrid. Michelle did a great job on congas this time.
When composing this tune this tune it came pretty quickly to me as they sometimes do. But the intro was written much later, after I had written about fifteen
different versions, I finally found one I liked!
5)"Hope" is a ballad about feeling pretty down, but trying to maintain that last thread of hope and optimism
that things will improve.
6)"41st Street" is a musical portrait of the street I lived on for many years in Oakland, California. Although
parts of Oakland can be pretty rough, this area called "The Little Apple" is really great. There are a lot of wonderful people and shops in a great
neighborhood, and I enjoyed living there a great deal. The meter here is an 11-beat cycle, 3-3-3-2.
7)"A Bientôt" is a tune I wrote for Jean Michel Hure, one of my closest friends both on and off stage. He
has lived both here in the Bay Area as well as in France over the last 15 years, so we are not always able to sing the blues in the same country! We have known
each other since the late 80’s when bassist and jazz fake book publisher Chuck Sher introduced us. We have toured France with some great French musicians
and done many recording sessions together. We have many stories to tell! Jean Michel is a great friend and as you will hear, a great guitarist.
8) Our last tune, "Mr. JB," is dedicated to my late friend Cary Griffin. He played drums in many of my groups
for over 15 years. He was very bright and dangerously funny. Years ago Cary decided to earn a living in the business world. He was very competent at what he
did, but did not seem to take the business world too seriously. His love was for his family, and in his spare time, his music. He would often make fun of
businessmen and call them "Mr. Jet Businessman," and would do an impression of Mr. Nice Guy turning into Mr. Jet Businessman. Cary was a great
person and a great friend, and I miss him a lot.
Once again I’d like to thank Jean Michel Hure, Murray Low, Dan Feiszli, Curt Moore and Michelle Goerlitz for making this
recording a lot of fun, and for their creative input. I hope you enjoy listening to the CD!