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2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast!

Read "2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As they say, “a good beginning makes a good ending" and, based on the extraordinary amount of sensational new releases that have come out in less than a month, it looks like we're in it for a great musical ride in 2019. Here are two hours of gems from albums that have just been, or about to be, released. A nice mix of well established and lesser known artists from all over the place. Happy listening!

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Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry

Read "Trio Tapestry" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With all tonalities being created equal, on Trio Tapestries, Joe Lovano's first as a leader for ECM and one of the first releases of the label's fiftieth year, silence abides. Both as concept and as actuality, silence lays at the heart of this eleven song lattice. Even the spacing between the tracks hangs appended, allowing the music to arise and fall, like thoughts and non-thoughts amid meditation. By way of an invocational duet, “One Time In" with its ...

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PRISM Quartet with Joe Lovano at the Painted Bride

Read "PRISM Quartet with Joe Lovano at the Painted Bride" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

PRISM Quartet with Joe Lovano Painted Bride Art Center Heritage/Evolution Philadelphia, PA June 3, 2017 An optical prism breaks down white light into the distinct colors of the spectrum. For the PRISM Quartet, this analogy applies in two ways 1) the expression of the music in the four registers of the saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone; and 2) the use of a classical music format for a variety of genres: classical, modern, jazz, ...

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Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport

Read "Classic! Live at Newport" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's safe to say that many years from now, when the critics and historians have the benefit of distance to help focus their thoughts, many if not most will continue to hail much of saxophonist Joe Lovano's presently-admired body of work on the Blue Note imprint. But what will stand tallest in said discography? Some may continue to laud the bold, rhythmically charged work of his Us Five quintet; others may celebrate his fascinating Trio Fascination outings; and a different ...

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Joe Lovano: Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight

Read "Joe Lovano: Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight" reviewed by William Ellis

Joe Lovano: Birdland, NYC, 21st September 2014 “Well, I would have to say Miles Davis, 'Round About Midnight (Columbia, 1957). I grew up listening to this recording as a kid and the poetic expression -the ensemble playing between John Coltrane and Miles Davis, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones just captured my attention from an early age. And of course their solos within each tune were just so masterful you know. But yet, as ...

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Joe Lovano Us Five: Kennett Square, PA, January 19, 2013

Read "Joe Lovano Us Five: Kennett Square, PA, January 19, 2013" reviewed by Troy Collins

Joe Lovano Us FiveLongwood GardensKennett Square, PAJanuary 19, 2013Renowned saxophonist Joe Lovano brought his esteemed Us Five ensemble to Kennett Square's bucolic Longwood Gardens on a crisp January evening, touring in support of Cross Culture, his 23rd release for Blue Note Records. Performing in the Conservatory's intimate ballroom, the unconventional lineup entertained a sold-out audience in an elegant prewar setting that provided an ideal backdrop for Lovano's timeless artistry.The capacity crowd was no ...

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Joe Lovano: Inimitable Streams of Expression

Read "Joe Lovano: Inimitable Streams of Expression" reviewed by Angela Davis

Penned as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history," saxophonist Joe Lovano has successfully created a unique voice within the jazz tradition and has contributed significantly to the continuance and development of the idiom.In just over a quarter of a century he has created an expansive body of work that has covered a broad spectrum of styles. This includes swing, bebop, hard-bop, post-bop, the avant-garde and interpretations of the music of Frank Sinatra and Enrico Caruso. He ...

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Joe Lovano: Joe Lovano - Bird Songs

Read "Joe Lovano - Bird Songs" reviewed by Jon Wertheim

Joe Lovano's Us Five debut, Folk Art (Blue Note, 2009), was a triumphantly energetic outing, filled with the sound of two drummers and running through a program of Lovano's originals. It was a highly personal and emphatic debut, and a great one too, but Bird Songs is important in completing the portrait of this ensemble. Bird Songs confirms what was previously just a suspicion--that this ensemble has a wide range of expression that can be applied to ...

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Joe Lovano / Us Five: Bird Songs

Read "Bird Songs" reviewed by Troy Collins

An inquisitive musician with a reverence for tradition, Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano has recorded a number of unique tributes to artists who have inspired him, including Enrico Caruso and Frank Sinatra. But none of his previous homages, not even 52nd Street Themes (Blue Note, 2000), his love letter to the bebop era, are as relevant to his artistic development as Bird Songs, Lovano's modernistic reinterpretation of tunes written by and associated with the great Charlie Parker.Reevaluating these revered ...

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Joe Lovano / Us Five: Bird Songs

Read "Bird Songs" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

Sax giant Joe Lovano has blown next to a bevy of jazz greats, and been applauded as soloist and leader throughout his nearly 40-year career. While it might seem surprising that audiences had to wait until his 22nd album for a tribute to Charlie Parker, Bird Songs demonstrates, once again, that Lovano does things his own way, and that great things are worth waiting for. Lovano and his Us Five band cover tunes that “Bird" penned and ...

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Joe Lovano with Family and Friends: Cleveland Heights, December 28, 2010

Read "Joe Lovano with Family and Friends: Cleveland Heights, December 28, 2010" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Joe LovanoNighttownCleveland Heights, OhioDecember 28, 2010 Late into the third set of his homecoming gig with family and friends at Nighttown, saxophonist Joe Lovano took to the mike to remind all in attendance that “Cleveland has always had a creative music scene goin' on." It felt part pep talk, part classic eureka moment of the chronically pessimistic Clevelander, sprung this night from the combustive heat of a wonderfully overstuffed room: “Wait, wow, this is our ...

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Joe Lovano: Folk Art

Read "Folk Art" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Some jazz artists enter a period in their careers where they've said all they have to say yet carry on, eking out a living, resting on laurels and simply playing out the string. Not saxophonist Joe Lovano. Folk Art is his 22nd recording for Blue Note alone, a run that has been marked by artistic consistency and tasteful excellence. This collection, however, is arguably the freshest and richest inside/out session he's delivered in his admirable career, certainly since Trio Fascination ...