245

Joe Lovano: Flights of Fancy

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Joe Lovano: Flights of Fancy While Joe Lovano's first Trio Fascination disc explored the spectrum of musical possibilities within a fixed unit, Edition Two goes exactly the opposite way. With four different trios (and playing seven different instruments), Lovano offers variety—and more to spare.

On Flights of Fancy, his second celebration of the trio, Lovano plays roles both as melodic leader and as rhythmic stylist. While it's impossible to pin him down, the real high notes of the disc are his intermittent tenor playing in the conventional lineup of sax/bass/drums. (Perhaps this reflects his familiarity with the context.) On three other tracks, Joey Baron's eccentric drumming throws Lovano many a curve ball, which he's of course eager to hit. Unfortunately, Toots Thielemans mostly poisons four tracks with his totally straightforward approach and unrelenting melodicism. (Lovano's tonal and creative range far exceeds T.T.'s, and it's painfully obvious.) When Lovano sits down at the drums on "206," as he's done on occasion in the past, he achieves an interesting pulsing color-dynamism rather than going after polyrhythm. It's a curious aside, revealing in moderation, but best contained.

The obvious comparisons for Flights of Fancy lie with Lovano's previous trio record. On Trio Fascination, the focus lay more on adapting tone and melody to different tunes. Elvin Jones presented a fresh contrast to Lovano's usual drum partners, and he almost stole the show. But Flights of Fancy doesn't allow any player (including Lovano) to dominate; the landscape and textures are so constantly in flux. This bold effort indicates a welcome degree of maturity on Lovano's behalf. He doesn't crave the spotlight—by recruiting such a wide range of partners (and many "stars" among them), he draws more attention to his surroundings than himself. But it's Lovano, of course, who's the glue that keeps Flights of Fancy together.


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.

Title: Flights of Fancy | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Blue Note Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Masters In Bordeaux CD/LP/Track Review Masters In Bordeaux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 19, 2017
Read On Parade In Parede CD/LP/Track Review On Parade In Parede
by John Sharpe
Published: August 19, 2017
Read Good Merlin CD/LP/Track Review Good Merlin
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 19, 2017
Read I Believe In You CD/LP/Track Review I Believe In You
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Morning Sun CD/LP/Track Review Morning Sun
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 18, 2017
Read The Conscience CD/LP/Track Review The Conscience
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2017
Read "Z Octet" CD/LP/Track Review Z Octet
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 19, 2016
Read "Recent Developments" CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 26, 2017
Read "Eos" CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 25, 2016
Read "Peace and Love: A Tribute to Will Connell" CD/LP/Track Review Peace and Love: A Tribute to Will Connell
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 28, 2017
Read "Compass" CD/LP/Track Review Compass
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 28, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.