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John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet in Albany, NY

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The second set was highlighted by "Twang," a funky, bluesy, Scofield number that found the guitarist pulling out all kinds of quirky and hot phrases. Lovano got down and dirty, in some sections the closest to the bar-walking thing as he probably gets; other times, just burning. "Theme for Ernie," a Coltrane chestnut from his early Prestige days, was the only ballad, and Lovano was the champion there with a lush tone that comes from back before Trane, to the beginning with Hawk, and Ben and later Ammons. Luscious.

Lovano will tour much of the year with Us Five, and Scofield always has stuff going on, including a trio tour. But this is a group that plays jazz the way it's intended—alive and in-the-moment.

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