Joe Lovano Nonet: 52nd Street Themes
Not every track features the full nonet. Strayhorn’s "Passion Flower" is a duet for Lovano and pianist John Hicks. Lovano plays Dameron’s "The Scene Is Clean" with only the rhythm section behind him. "Charlie Chan," a Lovano original based on "Milestones" changes, features a three-tenor duel between the leader, George Garzone, and Ralph Lalama. An up-tempo "Sippin’ at Bells" features a sextet with the frontline of Lovano, trumpeter Tim Hagans, and altoist Steve Slagle. And Lovano is unaccompanied on his own "Abstractions on 52nd Street," which segues directly into a full-throttle version of Monk’s "52nd Street Theme." The nonet is at its best on lushly orchestrated numbers such as "If You Could See Me Now," "Whatever Possess’d Me," and "Embraceable You."
Tracks: 1. If You Could See Me Now 2. On a Misty Night 3. Sippin’ at Bells 4. Passion Flower 5. Deal 6. The Scene Is Clean 7. Whatever Possess’d Me 8. Charlie Chan 9. Theme for Ernie 10. Tadd’s Delight 11. Abstractions on 52nd Street 12. 52nd Street Theme 13. Embraceable You
Track Listing: If You Could See Me Now; On a Misty Night; Sippin' at Bells; Passion Flower; Deal; The Scene is Clean; Whatever Possess'd Me; Charlie Chan; Theme for Ernie; Tadd's Delight; Abstractions on 52nd Street; 52nd Street Theme; Embraceable You.
Personnel: Joe Lovano: tenor saxophone; Steve Slagle: alto saxophone; George Garzone: tenor saxophone; Ralph Lalama: tenor saxophone; Gary Smulyan: baritone saxophone; Tim Hagans: trumpet; Conrad Herwig: trombone; John Hicks: piano; Dennis Irwin: bass; Lewis Nash: drums.
Record Label: Blue Note Records