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Interview

Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures

Read "Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


The loss of gig and the accompanying income stream, caused by the insidious and evil coronavirus, has hurt musicians across all genres. It has separated them from friends and band mates, from projects and from going to special places—physically and artistically. Coping with it is the order of the day. It has created some dark moments and also shed light on the characteristic of resiliency that dwells in the human spirit. Creativity, the hallmark of jazz, has kept ...

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Radio & Podcasts

A Mixed Bag of New Releases

Read "A Mixed Bag of New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


A mixed bag of great new sounds. After last year's successful big band outing, Blue Soul, guitarist Dave Stryker is back with his hard-driving, deep grooving B3 organ group on his new recording—Baker's Circle. The Tania Giannouli Trio's unique sounds have been described as Manfred Eicher's dream of a Mediterranean holiday. Tom Swafford and Zachary Swanson deliver a fascinating exploratory free improvisation project. The debut album of Joe Lovano's Trio Tapestry was one of 2019's most talked-about releases. This musical ...

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Album Review

Joe Lovano: Garden of Expression

Read "Garden of Expression" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Joe Lovano's entire recording career has been in the company of jazz greats since his debut with the Paul Motian Quintet in 1985. Lovano's hard bop days seem like a distant memory since his association with ECM began. Garden of Expression is the saxophonist's second project with his Trio Tapestry of pianist Marilyn Crispell, and drummer Carmen Castaldi. Lovano has two other co-leader outings on the label, collaborations with Marcin Wasilewski's trio on Arctic Riff (2020) and Enrico Rava on ...

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Album Review

Joe Lovano, Marilyn Crispell, Carmen Castaldi: Garden of Expression

Read "Garden of Expression" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Joe Lovano has long been hailed as a standard bearer of mainstream tenor saxophone--a natural heir to Sonny Rollins. Always open to exploring new fields, be it from small to large ensembles, or from a Charlie Parker homage to honoring opera legend Enrico Caruso, Lovano's robust sound has been his signature. Trio Tapestry (ECM, 2019), however, represented nothing less than a reinvention for the Cleveland-born saxophonist, then making his ECM debut as leader. Lovano, in the company of Marilyn Crispell ...

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Album Review

Joe Lovano / Marilyn Crispell / Carmen Casaldi: Garden of Expression

Read "Garden of Expression" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Artists inspire art. Provide a contented place. So let your mind (sans the hoopla it entertains itself with) go where it may (lest it lean towards insurrection) and take Trio Tapestry--Joe Lovano, Marilyn Crispell, and Carmen Castaldi--in the with you. And don't forget to bring their second gorgeous, justly titled Garden of Expression along for the ride. Heralding throughout, Lovano rises not above Crispell and Castaldi, but along with them, like three tough-muscled hawks in flight. Smudging the ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Tenor Titans - More Fabulous Playing From Joe Lovano

Read "Tenor Titans - More Fabulous Playing From Joe Lovano" reviewed by Russell Perry


For almost forty years, as Joe Lovano has been growing as an artist, he has produced a discography as a leader in a wide range of formats from duos and trios to nonets, dectets and large ensembles. Always in demand, his guest appearances on other leaders' dates have produced some of his best work. This is the third of four programs featuring today's Tenor Titans--highlights of Joe Lovano's diverse work in the past decade in this hour of Jazz at ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Something Old

Read "Something Old" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


The boys start their trawl through some best-of-decade picks they missed during the last eight years by focusing on four albums in the, let's face it, somewhat amorphous “something old" category. By which we mean, I think, albums on best of decades lists featuring well-established artists playing in fairly familiar modes. Any, the results are mixed (surprised, anybody?) but do let us pontificate on a few of the big names from the last few decades and dream of being jazz ...


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