Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

130

Dino Govoni: In the Library

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Young Boston-based saxophonist Dino Govoni, who has appeared as a sideman on a number of recent albums, steps forward to lead a talented quartet on In the Library, an earnest volume of engaging post-bop essays, most of them written by Govoni and his companions. The exceptions are Chick Corea’s melodious “Again and Again” and Suzanna Sifter’s volatile “Lines for Charlie.” Govoni’s supple, aggressive but always well-modulated tenor sax reminds me of another formidable young lion, Eric Alexander — high praise indeed, as Eric is a rising star whose reputation among Jazz fans and critics is thriving. Govoni seems equally at home on soprano, which he plays on “Again and Again” and “In the Library.” On either horn, he receives unflagging support from pianist Henry Hey, bassist Mike Pope and drummer Bob Kaufman who are intractably alert and in step. Hey and Pope frame a number of admirable solos while Kaufman unleashes his percussive arsenal on the fast-paced closer, “Are You Threatening Me?” Govoni composed that tune, as he did “Library,” “In Your Absence” and “All Things Must End at the Beginning.” Pope wrote the whimsical “Munk, Not Monk” and magnetic “Principle of Attraction,” Hey the prancing “Get Your Goat On.” Even though less than memorable, each of them is well above average and provides a sturdy springboard for improvisation, which is the basic ingredient in this liberal banquet. Odds are that this impressive performance by Govoni’s quartet won’t be widely heard beyond Boston and the greater New England area, but it should be.

Contact: Whaling City Sound, 560 Pleasant Street, PMB #01, New Bedford, MA 02740–6236. Web sites, www.whalingcitysound.com ; www.dinogovoni.com .


Track Listing: In Your Absence, Get Your Goat On, Munk, not Monk, Again and Again, Lines for Charlie, All Things Must End at the Beginning, In the Library, The Principle of Attraction, Are You Threatening Me?

Personnel: Dino Govoni, saxophones; Henry Hey, piano; Mike Pope, bass; Bob Kaufman, drums

Title: In the Library | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Whaling City Sound

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Live at Pyatt Hall CD/LP/Track Review Live at Pyatt Hall
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 23, 2018
Read Flying Heart CD/LP/Track Review Flying Heart
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 23, 2018
Read The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow CD/LP/Track Review The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow
by John Sharpe
Published: January 23, 2018
Read Solano Canyon CD/LP/Track Review Solano Canyon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 23, 2018
Read Lucas CD/LP/Track Review Lucas
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: January 22, 2018
Read In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording CD/LP/Track Review In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 22, 2018
Read "Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs of Jack Tempchin" CD/LP/Track Review Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs of Jack Tempchin
by Doug Collette
Published: September 3, 2017
Read "If You Have a Dream" CD/LP/Track Review If You Have a Dream
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 3, 2017
Read "Numbers" CD/LP/Track Review Numbers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 30, 2017
Read "Open Borders" CD/LP/Track Review Open Borders
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 16, 2017
Read "Mother Tongue" CD/LP/Track Review Mother Tongue
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 3, 2017
Read "Truth, Liberty & Soul Live in New York: The Complete NPR Jazz Alive! Recording" CD/LP/Track Review Truth, Liberty & Soul Live in New York: The Complete...
by John Kelman
Published: May 20, 2017