Joe Lovano Us Five: Kennett Square, PA, January 19, 2013
Lovano's enthusiasm for all aspects of the jazz canon is fully realized by Us Five, more so than any of his previous endeavors. The quintet embraces every facet of the saxophonist's interests, incorporating ballads, blues and swing with bop, funk and free playing. The unifying factor between Us Five's studio recordings and live performances is the unit's total embrace of rhythm; rarely have jazz ensembles so effectively utilized two stylistically different drummers at once. Augmented by the kaleidoscopic fretwork of guest guitarist Lionel Loueke, Cross Culture is Us Five's most captivating studio session to date, but the band's live gigs are not to be missed.