Wednesday January 30, 2013
For Grammy-winning jazzman Joe Lovano, freedom and variety are key
By: Jon Solomon
“Free jazz is one thing,” says Joe Lovano, “but I like to say I play jazz free.”
The Grammy-award-winning saxophonist, who has been playing professionally for four decades, improvises like he’s been liberated. He says it’s about developing a way of playing where you’re not harnessed by playing what you practice and playing patterns and repeating yourself.
“To be able to explore music with all kinds of people also gives you that trust and freedom in your playing because you’re living in the music,” Lovano explains. “It’s playing in a state of mind of openness and listening and trust that gives you those foundations. It’s also being able to execute your ideas on your instrument without letting your instrument hold you back.
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