Neighbors featuring David Liebman (soprano and tenor saxophones), Nancy Reed (vocals), Phil Markowitz (piano),
Bill Goodwin (drums and percussion) and Steve Gilmore (bass).
Neighbors ... a user friendly word that everyone knows as a fact of life. Certainly one hopes for "good" neighbors,
meaning no problems. In the case of the musicians on this recording, there's a little more to the meaning. For a
variety of reasons that occurred decades ago, the area of Northeastern Pennsylvania where we live, collectively
known as the Pocono Mountains , has and still is blessed with an abundance of jazz musicians, both internationally
and locally known. Chief of course are Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, and Urbie Green, but with teachers and students
as well as the venerable club, the Deer Head Inn, we are blessed with a lot of musicians in our proverbial "backyard".
Nancy Reed and her husband Spencer have been fixtures on the scene for decades. Everyone knows Nancy for her
incredibly relaxed singing style and impeccable phrasing. When someone like Phil Markowitz remarks that he doesn't
have to overly concerned with "voice leading" (piano/singer talk) because Nancy is so on the game, this is a big
compliment. "Neighbors" was my idea to get Nancy front and center my man Phil Woods' long time drum/bass team
of Bill Goodwin and Steve Gilmore, two of the most experienced jazz players in the world.
by David Liebman