Joe Lovano: Flights of Fancy (2001)
Highlights of the album include the cerebral interplay between Joe Lovano and Toots Thielemans on "Infant Eyes" and "After Giant Steps." Also memorable, Trio #4 evokes the spirit of late 50s/ early 60s Ornette Coleman. This trio includes the always imaginative Dave Douglas adding some spice to the slightly exotic tracks "Amsterdam" and "206." With this trio line-up the versatile Lovano also plays trap set on "Amber." The trios occasionally veer toward the avant-garde, but their playing always remains intuitive and natural. Overall an outstanding effort and easily recommended to anyone looking for advanced creative jazz played by contemporary artists.
Track Listing: Flights of Fancy; On April (I'll Remember April); Amsterdam; Blue Must; Off and Runnin'; Infant Eyes; 206; Bougainvillea; Windom Street; Hot Shot; Aisha; Amber; On Giant Steps; Flights of Fancy.
Personnel: Joe Lovano: tenor, alto, C-melody, and soprano saxophones; alto and basss clarinet; drums, gongs. Cameron Brown: bass; Idris Muhammad: drums. Toots Thielemans: harmonica; Kenny Werner: piano. Dave Douglas: trumpet; Mark Dresser: bass. Billy Drewes: soprano saxophone, percussion; Joey Baron: drums.
Record Label: Blue Note Records