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Landmarks Along the Way
  • Landmarks Along the Way
  • Grand Central
  • Blue Notes

World Travelers

Joe La Barbera



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Perhaps best known for his recordings with pianist Bill Evans in the final years of his life, drummer Joe La Barbera’s energetic touch and masterful soloing has established him as not only a giant in, but a living master of the music. Over the course of his career, Joe La Barbera has been the choice drummer for jazz greats Woody Herman, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione and Joe Farrell among several others. Today, he remains one of the most in-demand drummers on the west coast, and is a regular on the Sam First stage.


Joe La Barbera (drums)
Bob Sheppard (tenor saxophone)
Clay Jenkins (trumpet)
Bill Cunliffe (piano)
Jonathan Richards (bass)

01 Blue Notes 9:51 (Bill Cunliffe)*
02 Landmarks Along The Way 5:25 (Joe Lovano)*
03 Lake Erie 10:10 (Joe La Barbera)*
04 Barcelona 7:25 (Alan Pasqua)
05 You Know I Care 6:44 (Duke Pearson)*
06 It’s a Big Wide Wonderful World 5:15 (Jon Rox)
07 Simone 10:43 (Frank Foster)
08 Soultrane 9:12 (Tadd Dameron)
09 Grand Central 9:35 (John Coltrane)*
(*) indicates tracks that appear on the vinyl LP.

Recorded live at Sam First in Los Angeles, CA on March 4 and 5, 2022

Paul Solomon – Executive Producer, Cover Photograph
David Robaire – Producer
Nick Calapine – Recording and Mixing Engineer
Gene Paul at G&J Audio – Mastering Engineer
Bill Kirshner – Liner Notes
Makena Janssen – Designer

Special thanks to all project participants: Jody Simon, John Putney 

The Artist

“No matter how good the solos are that these men play—damned good, without exception—the ensemble blends, transitional passages, introductions and codas, and other subtleties of these nine compositions all make for a compelling band sound. In short, everyone listens—intensely and all the time.”
- Bill Kirchner (from the World Travelers liner notes)
Joe La Barbera is highly regarded in the world of jazz and has been in demand by some of the greatest names in the music for five decades. From his first professional appearance at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with Frankie Randall and the Buddy Rich band in 1968 to his work with jazz great Bill Evans and up to the present, he has always been regarded by his peers as a tasteful, musical drummer and a supportive accompanist. Bill Evans summed it up best when he said: "Joe is very dedicated to playing quality music and he’s willing to make the concessions of dues toward that end. He’s a top soloist and he does the right thing at the right time". As a performer the list of artists Joe has worked with is impressive across generations and continents including Woody Herman, Chuck Mangione, John Scofield, Mike and Randy Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, John Abercrombie, Gary Burton, Dado Maroni, Enrico Pieranunzi, Phillipe Catherine and Kenny Wheeler to name only a few. Joe was on the faculty at California Institute for the Arts from 1993 until 2021 and stays busy as a clinician and guest artist at prestigious programs such as Centrum Jazz Camp in Port Townsend Washington, St. Louis Conservatory in Rome, Capbreton, France, McGill University in Montreal and Cornish College in Seattle.
Joe La Barbera

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