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Pete Christlieb

Pete Christlieb American musician

American musician
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Intro American musician
Countries United States of America
Occupations Musician Jazz musician Saxophonist
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 16 February 1945 (Los Angeles)
The details

Pete Christlieb (born February 16, 1945) is a jazz bebop, West Coast jazz and hard bop tenor saxophonist.


Christlieb was born in Los Angeles, California and is the son of bassoonist Don Christlieb. Christlieb has worked with many musicians, such as Tom Waits, Louie Bellson, Chet Baker, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Steely Dan, Warne Marsh, Doc Severinsen, The Tonight Show Band, Bob Florence, Frank Mantooth, Gary Urwin, Phil Kelly, and Bill Holman.

Christlieb played the sax solos on Steely Dan's hit song "Deacon Blues" from the album Aja; Natalie Cole's Grammy award-winning album Unforgettable; and the extended tenor sax solo on the song "FM (No Static at All)" from the movie of the same name.

Christlieb currently plays with his recently formed 11-piece group, the "Tall & Small Band"; the Bill Holman Orchestra; and his own quartet. Also, for years Pete has been involved in professional drag racing, with his cars participating in numerous races in the southwest and across the country. His team has won two national championships for the 'Blown Alcohol Dragsters' class.




Mouthpiece & Reeds

Christlieb plays a vintage Berg Larsen metal mouthpiece (130/0) with Rico (plasticover No. 2) reeds.


As leader/co-leader

  • Jazz City: A Quartet With Pete Christlieb [live] (1971, RAHMP)
  • Conversations With Warne, Volume 1 – Pete Christlieb Quartet Featuring Warne Marsh (1978, Criss Cross [rel. 1990])
  • Conversations With Warne, Volume 2 – Pete Christlieb Quartet Featuring Warne Marsh (1978, Criss Cross [rel. 1995])
  • Self Portrait (1981, Bosco)
  • Going My Way (1982, Bosco)
  • Dino's '83 [live] – Pete Christlieb Quartet (1983, Bosco) -with Mike Melvoin, Jim Hughart, Nick Ceroli
  • Apogee – Pete Christlieb/Warne Marsh Quintet (1978, Warner Bros.)
  • Mosaic [live] – Pete Christlieb & Bob Cooper (1990, Capri)
  • Get Happy – Don Lanphere & Pete Christlieb With New Stories (1996, Origin)
  • The Tenor Trio – Ernie Watts/Pete Christlieb/Rickey Woodard (1997, JMI/JVC) -sextet with Gerry Wiggins, Chuck Berghofer, Frank Capp
  • Red Kelly's Heroes – Pete Christlieb And The Bill Ramsay/Milt Kleeb Band (1997, C.A.R.S.)
  • Live At Capozzoli's (Las Vegas Late Night Sessions) – Pete Christlieb/Andy Martin Quintet (1998, Woofy) -with Terry Trotter, Jim Hughart, Dick Berk
  • For Heaven's Sake (1999, C.A.R.S.)
  • Late Night Jazz – Pete Christlieb & Slyde Hyde (2000, Vertical Jazz/Fine Tune) -quintet with Tom Ranier, Jim Hughart, Charlie Harris
  • Live At The Jazz Cave – Pete Christlieb With The Lori Mechem Quartet (2006, Cognito)
  • Reunion – Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb (2010, Origin) -quintet with Bill Anschell, Chuck Deardorf, John Bishop
  • High On U – Tall & Small: The Pete Christlieb & Linda Small Eleven-Piece Band (2011, Bosco)

With Louie Bellson

  • 150 MPH – Louie Bellson Big Band (1974, Concord)
  • The Louie Bellson Explosion (1975, Pablo)
  • Live At The Concord Summer Festival – Louie Bellson's 7 (1976, Concord)
  • Prime Time (1977, Concord)
  • Matterhorn: The Louie Bellson Drum Explosion (1978, Pablo)
  • Don't Stop Now! (1984, Bosco; reissued on Capri in 2004)
  • Their Time Was The Greatest! – Louie Bellson Honors 12 Super-Drummers (1995, Concord)
  • Air Bellson – Louie Bellson's Magic 7 (1996, Concord)
  • The Art Of The Chart – Louie Bellson's Big Band Explosion! (1997, Concord)

With Tom Waits

  • The Heart of Saturday Night (1974, Asylum)
  • Nighthawks at the Diner [live] (1975, Asylum)

With Bob Florence

  • Live At Concerts By The Sea – Bob Florence Big Band (1979, Trend)
  • Westlake – Bob Florence Big Band (1981, Discovery)
  • Soaring – Bob Florence Limited Edition (1982, Bosco; reissued on Sea Breeze in 1996)

With Frank Mantooth

  • Persevere – Frank Mantooth (Featuring Pete Christlieb/Bobby Shew/Clark Terry) (1990, Optimism; reissued on Sea Breeze in 1995)
  • Sophisticated Lady (1994, Sea Breeze [rel. 1996])
  • A Miracle – Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra (1999, Sea Breeze)

With Bill Holman

  • A View From The Side – Bill Holman Band (1995, JVC)
  • Brilliant Corners: The Music Of Thelonious Monk – Bill Holman Band (1997, JVC)
  • Hommage – Bill Holman Band (2007, Jazzed Media)

With John Leitham

  • Lefty Leaps In (1996, USA Music Group) -with Rickey Woodard, Tom Ranier, Roy McCurdy
  • Live! (1997, C.A.R.S.) -with Rickey Woodard, Shelly Berg, Joe LaBarbera

With Gary Urwin

  • Perspectives – Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra (2000, Sea Breeze)
  • Living In The Moment – Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra (2001, Sea Breeze [rel. 2003])
  • Kindred Spirits – Bill Watrous/Pete Christlieb/Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra (2006, Summit)
  • A Beautiful Friendship – Bill Watrous/Pete Christlieb/Carl Saunders/Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra (2014, Summit)

With Wayne Bergeron

  • You Call This A Living (2002, Wag Records)
  • Plays Well With Others (2007, Concord)

With Phil Kelly

  • Convergence Zone – Phil Kelly & The Northwest Prevailing Winds (2003, Origin)
  • My Museum – Phil Kelly & The Southwest Santa Ana Winds (2006, Origin)
  • Ballet Of The Bouncing Beagles – Phil Kelly & The Northwest Prevailing Winds (2009, Origin)

As guest soloist

  • Big Band Favorites Of Sammy Nestico – Sammy Nestico (1998, Summit)
  • The Art Of Swing – Gregg Field (1999, DCC Compact Classics)
  • Innerplay – Jim Self With Strings (2004, Basset Hound)
  • Take Only For Pain – The Boulevard Big Band Featuring Pete Christlieb And Frank Mantooth (2004, Sea Breeze)
  • Live At Harling's Upstairs – The Boulevard Big Band Featuring Pete Christlieb (2007, Boulevard)
  • Home Of My Heart – Chris Walden Big Band (2005, Origin)
  • The Lost Bill Holman Charts – The Carl Saunders Exploration (2007, MAMA)
  • Ellington Saxophone Encounters – Mark Masters Ensemble (Featuring Gary Smulyan) (2012, Capri)

With others

  • Playin' It Straight – Jack Sheldon Featuring His Late Night All Stars (1983, Real Time) -as a member of Sheldon's septet
  • Then And Now – Joe Williams (Featuring The Mike Melvoin Trio With Guest Artist Pete Christlieb) (1984, Bosco; reissued on Sea Breeze in 1998)
  • Long Overdue! – Chuck Foster (Featuring Pete Christlieb) (1985, Sea Breeze)
  • Dreamland Express – John Denver (1985, RCA) -as a session musician
  • Ellyn – Ellyn Rucker (1987, Capri) –quartet with John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton
  • Comin' At Ya – Andy Simpkins Quintet (1990, MAMA) -as a member of Simpkins' group with Mike Fahn, Frank Collett
  • Sweet Simon – Conte Candoli (1992, Best Recordings) -as a member of Candoli's quintet with Frank Strazzeri, Monty Budwig, Roy McCurdy, Ralph Penland
  • Somebody Loves Me – Frank Strazzeri With His Woodwinds West (Featuring Bill Perkins/Pete Christlieb/Jack Nimitz) (1994, Fresh Sound) -sextet with Dave Stone, Paul Kreibich
  • Soaring With The Bird – James Zollar (1997, Naxos) -septet with Andy Martin, Bill Cunliffe, Ron Eschete, John Clayton, Paul Kreibich
  • The Legacy Lives On II – various artists (2002, Mack Avenue [2CD]) -features 3 tracks by Christlieb's quintet with Conte Candoli, Pete Jolly, Jim DeJulio, Larance Marable
  • Good Bait: Live At The Amsterdam Bimhuis – Ferdinand Povel & Pete Christlieb With The Rein de Graaf Trio (2008, Timeless [rel. 2011])
  • Trio Plus One: Live At Boxley's – Danny Kolke Trio + Pete Christlieb (2013, Pony Boy)
  • Come Back To Me Love – Freda Payne (2014, Artistry) -as a session musician

As member of The Tonight Show Band

  • The Tonight Show Band With Doc Severinsen (Amherst, 1986)
  • The Tonight Show Band With Doc Severinsen, Vol. II (Amherst, 1988)
  • Once More...With Feeling! – Doc Severinsen & The Tonight Show Band (Amherst, 1991)
  • Merry Christmas From Doc Severinsen & The Tonight Show Orchestra (Amherst, 1991)

As sideman

With Gene Ammons

  • Free Again (Prestige, 1971)

With Sonny Criss

  • Sonny's Dream (Birth of the New Cool) (Prestige, 1968)

With Bill Henderson

  • Street of Dreams (Discovery, 1979)

With Ahmad Jamal

  • Night Song (Motown, 1980)

With Quincy Jones

  • Smackwater Jack (A&M, 1971)

With Carmen McRae

  • Can't Hide Love (Blue Note, 1976)

With Tom Scott & The L. A. Express

  • Smokin' Section (Windham Hill Jazz, 1999)

With Anthony Wilson

  • Anthony Wilson (MAMA, 1997)
  • Adult Themes (MAMA, 1999)

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