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Thursday January 31, 2013

from bluenote.com

JOE LOVANO ON BLUE NOTE 1991-1999
By: Brad Farberman

A Blue Note recording artist since 1991, the grounded but searching tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano released Cross Culture, his 23rd album for the label, this Tuesday, January 8th. Over the phone before a Village Vanguard gig with Sound Prints, the five-piece he co-leads with trumpeter Dave Douglas, we talked to Lovano about some of his key Blue Note recordings from the ’90s.

Landmarks (1991): Lovano’s first album for Blue Note, the sly Landmarks features the leader backed by guitar, piano, bass, and drums, not to mention the production prowess of six-string superman John Scofield. “We worked together very loosely,” explains Lovano about co-producing Landmarks with the guitarist. “John was at the date, and was in the booth with the engineer, and really helped to make sure everything went down the way it was supposed to. That recording was all of my tunes and I had an amazing ensemble, with John Abercrombie on guitar, Kenny Werner on piano, Marc Johnson on bass, and the young Bill Stewart on drums, who shortly after that joined [Scofield’s] quartet.”

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