What Is Ad Lib?

In sheet music, ad lib is an abbreviation of ad libitum which in Latin means at one’s pleasure. Musicians know Ad Lib to mean improvise or play freely. In Ad Lib I will blog on my experiences thoughts, feelings and insights in the pursuit of creativity in music, art and life.  Please read About Joseph Liberti for more information about me and the ad lib blog

As I write this post I am listening to Two Lonely People from the album: Bill Evans and Stan Getz – But Beautiful. The album also features bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell.  The video has some beautiful performances from jazz masters.

As I listen I notice all the new things I hear now that I did not recognize so clearly before. I am reminded how much we can learn from the masters whether our discipline is jazz music or painting or whatever. 

I also notice that as I learn and develop my musical skills to a greater degree how I am able to listen with “new ears” which leads me to new appreciation for the art and the artists. And, after listening to many repetitions of this album, the unique language and expression of the artists being to show up in my music performance and in my writing. 

If you are  into jazz you may love this album. If not chose your artist and try seeing with “new eyes” or hearing with “new ears.” Let the experience inspire and inform your art and life. 

I will pin the post to the top of the blog as a way to introduce Ad Lib to new readers. 

Be well and happy …and interested.

Joseph

50 Best Jazz Pianists

Who Are The 50 Best Jazz Pianists Of All Time?

Would you put Bill Evans on your list of best jazz pianists? McCoy Tyler? Chick Corea?

Best Jazz PianistsIn jazz, the horns – the saxophones and trumpets – have traditionally been the music’s glamour instruments and its main focus. But the piano has been a vital part of the jazz idiom since its inception, in both solo and ensemble settings. Its role is multifaceted due largely to the instrument’s combined melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic capabilities and is often the foundation of a great jazz ensemble. (Ask any horn player how they feel about a good jazz pianist.)

In anybody’s list there is always room for agreement and argument. Take a look at a great resource put together by Udiscovermusic.com. Check off your favorites and discover more about those who are new to you

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