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Monday August 01, 2011

From the New York Times

Where Summertime Means Jazz
By Phillip Lutz

FOR jazz fans, the absence this summer of a festival in New York City produced by George Wein, who founded the Newport Jazz Festival and for many years staged sister events in the city, has been conspicuous. But the undiminished presence of the Caramoor and Litchfield jazz festivals — both among the top-ticketed events in the metropolitan region — has offered some consolation.

…Perhaps the most ambitious extended work for large ensemble will come from the saxophonist Joe Lovano’s nonet. The group, which will appear at Litchfield, will draw on Miles Davis’s classic “Birth of the Cool,” adapted in suite form for Mr. Lovano by Gunther Schuller, who played French horn on the 1957 Davis recording. When the nonet performs the suite live, Mr. Lovano said, the horn players take liberties, replacing long solo choruses with spur-of-the moment trading — “spontaneous, magical things happen that you can’t define.”

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