The world’s greatest living saxman, Joe Lovano, celebrates his Birthday and the genius of Gunther Schuller, Ornette Coleman and Paul Motian!
Joe Lovano/Woodwinds, Dan Silverman/Trombone, Ed Schuller/Bass, George Schuller/Drums, Judi Silvano/Voice, and surprise guests…
“Move over, Pavarotti; the greatest Italian tenor … isn’t Luciano, but Lovano.” – Will Friedwall/Village Voice
“Most jazz musicians are flexible: it’s a philosophical requirement of the job….Joe Lovano is an extreme case, moving toward universality.
Long ago he developed a tenor saxophone sound for his temperament. His starting place is bebop’s complex language, but he seems to be listening to something underneath language and style, something that could be well illustrated by jazz but isn’t specific to it. He’s good with a particular rhythm, or a structure, or a set of changes, but he doesn’t need any of it. And so an ideal Joe Lovano performance might be one that sounds good with New York’s advanced-harmony killer elite, but that could be effectively cut and pasted over a trap beat or a string quartet or scale exercises or traffic sounds.
Lovano’s latest CD, “Classic! Live At Newport (2016)”, was recorded live at Newport Jazz Festival in 2005 with Hank Jones, George Mraz and Lewis Nash, and is Joe Lovano’s final recording for Blue Note. Wrapping up a storied career, with his 20th Blue Note album as leader and his 25th overall. The album release coincided with Joe’s appearance at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival. The recording is self-produced by Joe, mixed and mastered by Kurt Lundvall, the son of longtime Blue Note leader Bruce Lundvall.
Kids Are Pretty People (Live At Newport):