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Jazz - Released April 7, 2015 | Blue Note (BLU)

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Jazz - Released January 25, 2019 | ECM

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Even if his name has appeared on multiple ECM albums (John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Steve Kuhn, Paul Motian, etc.), Joe Lovano has until now never had the chance to be the leader of a record for Manfred Eicher’s label. At 66 years old, the saxophonist from Cleveland is finally the boss on Trio Tapestry which has been put together with pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi. It’s a formation without a double bass that offers the inner pow-er of an orchestra. Less voluble than usual, here Lovano throws himself into quite intimate narratives. “This trio”, he stated, “is a melodic, harmonic and rhythmic musical tapestry which creates moods and atmospheres.” This group is above all an ambassador for a colorful style of jazz. Spirituality and calmness underline each improvisation. We continue to wonder as to why Crispell isn’t a more well-know and praised musician. Following in the footsteps of Paul Bley and Cecil Taylor, she brings her piano into contemporary music territory laced with lyricism and proves that she is an essential member of this group which is equipped with a stunning creative force. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released December 14, 2018 | ECM

Even if his name has appeared on multiple ECM albums (John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Steve Kuhn, Paul Motian, etc.), Joe Lovano has until now never had the chance to be the leader of a record for Manfred Eicher’s label. At 66 years old, the saxophonist from Cleavland is finally the boss on Trio Tapestry which has been put together with pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi. It’s a formation without a double bass that offers the inner power of an orchestra. Less voluble than usual, here Lovano throws himself into quite intimate narratives. “This trio”, he stated, “is a melodic, harmonic and rhythmic musical tapestry which creates moods and atmospheres.” This group is above all an ambassador for a colourful style of jazz. Spirituality and calmness underline each improvisation. We continue to wonder as to why Crispell isn’t a more well-know and praised musician. Following in the footsteps of Paul Bley and Cecil Taylor, she brings her piano into contemporary music territory laced with lyricism and proves that she is an essential member of this group which is equipped with a stunning creative force. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released January 25, 2019 | ECM

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Even if his name has appeared on multiple ECM albums (John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Steve Kuhn, Paul Motian, etc.), Joe Lovano has until now never had the chance to be the leader of a record for Manfred Eicher’s label. At 66 years old, the saxophonist from Cleveland is finally the boss on Trio Tapestry which has been put together with pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi. It’s a formation without a double bass that offers the inner power of an orchestra. Less voluble than usual, here Lovano throws himself into quite intimate narratives. “This trio”, he stated, “is a melodic, harmonic and rhythmic musical tapestry which creates moods and atmospheres.” This group is above all an ambassador for a colorful style of jazz. Spirituality and calmness underline each improvisation. We continue to wonder as to why Crispell isn’t a more well-know and praised musician. Following in the footsteps of Paul Bley and Cecil Taylor, she brings her piano into contemporary music territory laced with lyricism and proves that she is an essential member of this group which is equipped with a stunning creative force. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2000 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1992 | Blue Note Records

Joe Lovano heads a lineup with pianist Michel Petrucciani, bassist Dave Holland, and late drummer Ed Blackwell. It's hard-edged, explosive playing all around, with Blackwell laying down his patented bombs while Petrucciani and Holland converge behind Lovano's dynamic solos. ~ Ron Wynn
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Jazz - Released June 7, 1988 | Soul Note

By 1988, it was becoming increasingly obvious that tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano was on his way to becoming a major name in the jazz world. For this advanced hard bop set, he contributed all of the selections other than Charles Mingus' "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love," including a tribute to his father, tenorman Tony "Big T" Lovano. Teamed with trumpeter Tom Harrell, pianist Kenny Werner, bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Paul Motian, Lovano is heard throughout in his early prime, playing inventive and generally concise improvisations that were beginning to become distinctive. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2013 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2004 | Blue Note Records

Bringing to mind a superb mix of Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, I'm All for You finds forward-thinking saxophonist Joe Lovano expertly balancing heartfelt melodicism and cerebral harmonic improvisation. Easily one of Lovano's most listenable endeavors, the ballads-oriented album pulls no punches and simply allows you to sit back and enjoy a master play at his utter best. Joining him is journeyman pianist Hank Jones, who brings his urbane touch to such classic standards as "Don't Blame Me" and "Like Someone in Love." Rounding out the ensemble are longtime Lovano associates bassist George Mraz and drummer Paul Motian, who lend an egoless mentality to the proceedings, helping to emphasize lush group interplay over individual pyrotechnics. ~ Matt Collar
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2005 | Blue Note Records

Continuing the elegant group interplay explored on 2004's I'm All for You, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist Hank Jones reunite on Joyous Encounter. Recorded right after finishing the tour in support of the group's aforementioned first outing, Joyous Encounter features a quartet with obvious love for each other and the sound they make together. Once again backed by the stellar rhythm section of bassist George Mraz and drummer Paul Motian, Lovano and Jones showcase their kindred musical spirits with a warm and pleasing mix of deft melodiscm and supple harmony. Expanding upon the ballads-only concept of their previous encounter, this Joyous Encounter finds the ensemble tackling a wide swath of improvisational territory from the urbanely swinging Lovano original "Bird's Eye View," to Thelonious Monk's lightly elegiac "Pannonica," Thad Jones' sweetly gorgeous "A Child Is Born," and even John Coltrane's other classic, the plaintive "Crescent." ~ Matt Collar
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2008 | Blue Note Records

Joe Lovano's joint project with the vaunted WDR Big Band & Rudfunk Orchester from Germany (recorded live in concert on November 26, 2005, aside from the studio track "His Dreams") is one of many collaborations combining an American jazz artist with the horns and strings of this classically oriented, jazz-informed orchestra. Randy Brecker's project with WDR on Some Skunk Funk and brother Michael fronting the group of Claus Ogerman on Cityscape come immediately to mind as parallels. Symphonica is Lovano's 20th recording for the Blue Note label, and his fourth orchestral project. What the saxophonist does in working with this group and the arrangements of veteran Michael Abene allows space for breathing, emotional range, and expansive palette colors that a small ensemble cannot attain. Splitting time between tenor and soprano, Lovano personally can't be matched by any contemporary player, and merges well with the strings, oboes, and brass players in WDR that are featured in certain well-regulated spots. It is also evident that the tone, ideas, and clarity of Lovano's style get better with age. Another aspect is that WDR do not play staid or rote music. The opener, "Emperor Jones" (dedicated to Elvin Jones), combines all the elegant elements of orchestral and jazz musics beautifully, not as cerebral, but as if they were always meant to be together. Listen to the shout choruses and quirky and kinetic neo-bop stance to hard bop swinging on "Alexander the Great," the darting and bobbing harder-edged choppy contemporary funk with electric guitar and piano during "The Dawn of Time," or the classic siren song treatment drenched in oboe and clarinet of the very interesting new version of "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love." Clearly the stamp of Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Gil Evans is firmly embossed on all of this music. Lovano's soprano work deserves further attention, as he blends hip and heavy phrases with the band on the funky modal 6/8 unison lines of "Eternal Joy," and is involved in more intricate weavings of modified tints on the atmospheric waltz "His Dreams." Strings sigh and pine during "I'm All for You," a Lovano original love song -- based on the changes of the famous "Body and Soul" -- that has tuneful potential to be a future standard. This is a completely realized, well-exercised, and thoughtfully programmed recording. Most should expect nothing less from Lovano and the WDR Big Band & Rudfunk Orchester. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2010 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released February 22, 1991 | Blue Note Records

Although the title of this CD makes it sound as if tenor-saxophonist Joe Lovano was performing veteran jazz classics on this date, all but one of the ten songs played by his quintet are actually Lovano originals. With strong assistance provided by guitarist John Abercrombie, pianist Ken Werner, bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Bill Stewart, Lovano often sounds like a mixture of Dewey Redman and early John Coltrane on his enjoyable set. His music has enough variety to hold one's interest, Abercrombie is in particularly strong form and Lovano is consistently creative during the modern mainstream music. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released July 29, 2016 | Blue Note (BLU)

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Joe Lovano is part of a select group of established musicians who have been around for so long, achieved so much, and have such an instantly recognizable sound, that a new release is more or less guaranteed to be good. And so it is with Classic! Live at Newport, another welcome offering from the Lovano quartet featuring the late, great Hank Jones. He passed away in 2010, five years after this album was recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival, but what we're left with is a collaboration between Jones and Lovano that gave us the Blue Note albums I'm All for You -- the title track of which finds its way into this live set -- and the superb Joyous Encounter, as well as the duo record Kids: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Classic! follows the May 2005 recording of Joyous Encounter, and the quartet had been busy touring Europe with journeyman drummer Lewis Nash replacing Paul Motian. Nash colors the quartet in a different way than Motian, but it's not unwelcome. Motian had an unparalleled ability to see the drum kit's role in the small ensemble -- it could almost be described as impressionistic -- whereas Lewis Nash is more at home swinging hard. That's not to say Classic! is missing something -- the other bandmembers thrive just as happily on hard-grooving time players. The level of attentiveness in the quartet is as captivating as you might expect if you're familiar with their work. As evidenced on the Lovano-penned "I'm All for You," over the changes of "Body and Soul," Lovano's tonal fragility leaves you feeling like his melodic phrases might collapse or lose time, but they never do. Jones' comping follows and guides the intensity of the band, suggesting rhythmic interplay or harmonic substitutions mid-tune, devices that drummer Nash or bassist George Mraz are only too happy to embellish. It's worth noting that Hank Jones was 87 at the time of recording, yet his touch, his attentiveness, and his creativity were still clearly at a level that would drive many a younger pianist back to the practice room. Lovano gives us a typically robust display of mastery across all six tracks. Technically brilliant, his trademark phrases weaving in and out of the harmony somehow sound frail and immense at the same time. His solo on "Bird's Eye View," another track from the Joyous Encounter album, is up there with his best. The intensity is encouraged by Jones, and Lovano happily rises to it, screaming in the high register and provoking reactions from the ever-swinging Nash and Mraz. Lovano set the bar so high with releases such as Trio Fascination, On this Day, and the cuts previously mentioned, and this live recording is on that level. Hank Jones is no longer with us, meaning this is the last offering of that beautiful collaboration, but we can take comfort in the fact that he lives on through his lasting influence on Joe Lovano. In the sax player's own words, "His accompaniment and solos were full of love, poetry and searching…His wisdom and knowledge about music and life, his humor, wit, passion and love will always inspire and be with me." ~ Simon Spreyer
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2007 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1996 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1998 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released July 29, 2016 | Blue Note (BLU)

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Blue Note Records

This is one of the most exciting jazz releases of 1995. Joe Lovano is showcased on four songs backed by a string section, is accompanied by a stringless big band filled with woodwinds and brass during four other pieces, performs Ornette Coleman's "Kathline Gray" with a chamber group, takes two songs as duets with his wife Judi Silvano (who contributes wordless vocals), plays his own "Wildcat" as an overdubbed feature for his tenor and drums, and does a straightforward version of "Chelsea Bridge" unaccompanied. Gunther Schuller's arrangements for the larger pieces (which include three of his own colorful originals: "Rush Hour on 23rd Street," "Lament for M," and "Headin' Out, Movin' In") expertly blend together Gil Evans-type orchestrations with aspects of modern classical music and freer forms of jazz, while allowing the music to swing. Silvano's voice is also an asset on three of the orchestra performances, and trumpeter Jack Walrath briefly makes his presence felt. However, this very well-conceived release would not have succeeded were it not for the talent, versatility and risk-taking of Joe Lovano. His improvisations (mostly on tenor) push the boundaries of this already adventurous music and his sound (which occasionally hints a little at Clifford Jordan) is quite original; on the basis of this date alone, Lovano must rank as one of the top tenors of the 1990s. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Blue Note Records

Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, On This Day...At the Vanguard is saxophonist Joe Lovano's first recording with his award-winning nonet since the release of 52nd Street Themes in 2000. Having recorded in a variety of settings ranging from those of big-band leaders Woody Herman and Mel Lewis to duets with Mulgrew Miller on Tenor Legacy to quartets featuring such stellar artists as Dave Holland, John Scofield, and Al Foster (collectively known as Scolohofo), Joe Lovano proves with this CD that his artistry remains highly adaptable to any musical setting. Opening the program with the first of two originals written for this recording is Lovano's swinging "At the Vanguard." It has a harmonic sequence based on "Stompin' at the Savoy," and features outstanding solos by Lovano, alto saxophonist Steve Slagle, trumpeter Barry Ries, and pianist John Hicks. "Focus" and John Coltrane's "After the Rain" offer listeners two exceptional contrasts of Lovano's playing style, while "On This Day Just Like Any Other" is a 15-minute free jazz offering with amazing improvisations that Lovano wrote around the time drummer Billy Higgins passed away. The recording closes with "My Little Brown Book," a beautiful, serene ballad that returns the music to the quartet sound and served as the show's encore. Overall, On This Day...At the Vanguard captures the essence of Lovano's reverence and enthusiasm for the jazz venue that has supplied a great deal of his musical inspiration over the course of his jazz career. ~ Paula Edelstein

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