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52nd Street Themes

Joe Lovano

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The latest CD by jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano blends New York attitude with Midwestern warmth in an homage to the Manhattan street where bebop ruled in the '50s and '60s. The music here, like that of such other thematic Lovano albums as Rush Hour (his 1995 celebration of third-stream music) and Celebrating Sinatra, evokes the past without being at all archival. Fronting a four-man sax section, Lovano blasts through such strong Dameronia as "The Scene Is Clean" and "Tadd's Delight," refreshes the indelible lyricism of Dameron's lovely "If You Could See Me Now," and, in an intimate duet with pianist John Hicks, velvetizes Billy Strayhorn's lush "Passion Flower." It also features Miles Davis' early "Sippin' at Bells"; Lovano's homage to Charlie Parker, the complex "Charlie Chan," a three-way saxophone conversation between Lovano and fellow tenormen George Garzone and Ralph Lalama that's punctuated by Lewis Nash's pinpoint drums; "Abstractions on 52nd Street," Lovano's extrapolation and embellishment of a Thelonious Monk line; and George Gershwin's "Embraceable You," plushly orchestrated by Willie "Face" Smith and lovingly performed by Lovano. Others contributing sax are Gary Smulyan (baritone) and Steve Slagle (alto); Tim Hagans and Conrad Herwig play trumpet and trombone, respectively, while Dennis Irwin handles bass. Like many other Lovano records, this hews close to tradition but updates it effectively. Besides the fervor of the playing -- Smith says he would've played saxophone, but these New York players were much better prepared -- the song selection is astute, Lovano's originals are solid, and Smith's sole compositional contribution, "Deal," is tasty indeed.
© Carlo Wolff /TiVo

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1
If You Could See Me Now
00:03:53

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tadd Dameron, ComposerLyricist - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

2
On A Misty Night
00:05:03

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tadd Dameron, Composer - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

3
Sippin' At Bells
00:05:11

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Miles Davis, Composer - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

4
Passion Flower
00:05:04

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Strayhorn, Composer - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Milton Raskin, Composer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

5
Deal
00:07:13

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Composer, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

6
The Scene Is Clean
00:03:48

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tadd Dameron, Composer - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

7
Whatever Possess'd Me
00:03:58

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Hanighen, Composer - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tadd Dameron, Composer - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

8
Charlie Chan
00:08:07

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, Composer, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

9
Theme For Ernie
00:05:52

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Lacey, Composer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

10
Tadd's Delight
00:07:49

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tadd Dameron, Composer - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

11
Abstractions On 52nd Street
00:02:04

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, Composer, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

12
52nd Street Theme
00:04:32

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

13
Embraceable You
00:04:58

Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES FARBER, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Lovano, MainArtist - Aya Takemura, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lewis Nash, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Conrad Herwig, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Irwin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Hicks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Slagle, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - George Garzone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Lalama, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gregory Stone, Translator - Tim Hagans, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Willie (Face) Smith, Unknown, Other

(C) 2000 Blue Note Records ℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

Album Description

The latest CD by jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano blends New York attitude with Midwestern warmth in an homage to the Manhattan street where bebop ruled in the '50s and '60s. The music here, like that of such other thematic Lovano albums as Rush Hour (his 1995 celebration of third-stream music) and Celebrating Sinatra, evokes the past without being at all archival. Fronting a four-man sax section, Lovano blasts through such strong Dameronia as "The Scene Is Clean" and "Tadd's Delight," refreshes the indelible lyricism of Dameron's lovely "If You Could See Me Now," and, in an intimate duet with pianist John Hicks, velvetizes Billy Strayhorn's lush "Passion Flower." It also features Miles Davis' early "Sippin' at Bells"; Lovano's homage to Charlie Parker, the complex "Charlie Chan," a three-way saxophone conversation between Lovano and fellow tenormen George Garzone and Ralph Lalama that's punctuated by Lewis Nash's pinpoint drums; "Abstractions on 52nd Street," Lovano's extrapolation and embellishment of a Thelonious Monk line; and George Gershwin's "Embraceable You," plushly orchestrated by Willie "Face" Smith and lovingly performed by Lovano. Others contributing sax are Gary Smulyan (baritone) and Steve Slagle (alto); Tim Hagans and Conrad Herwig play trumpet and trombone, respectively, while Dennis Irwin handles bass. Like many other Lovano records, this hews close to tradition but updates it effectively. Besides the fervor of the playing -- Smith says he would've played saxophone, but these New York players were much better prepared -- the song selection is astute, Lovano's originals are solid, and Smith's sole compositional contribution, "Deal," is tasty indeed.
© Carlo Wolff /TiVo

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