Wednesday January 16, 2013
Editor’s Pick: Joe Lovano Us Five at Longwood Gardens
By: Eugene Holley Jr.
For the past three decades, Cleveland-born saxophonist Joe Lovano has been the hardest working man in the jazz business, performing and recording in bop, opera and third stream formats and in duo, trio, quartet, nonet and symphonic configurations. But for the last few years, Lovano’s been leading his Us Five quintet, a quicksilver combo consisting of two drummers, Otis Brown, III and the Afro-Cuban rhythm wizard Francisco Mela, pianist James Weidman and the ubergirl bassist Esperanza Spalding (Peter Slavov alternates on bass).
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