Lovano blows into Ashdod

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Thursday September 26, 2013


Lovano blows into Ashdod
By: Barry Davis

Stellar saxophonist Joe Lovano will headline the fifth annual Super Jazz Festival, which will take place on October 2 and 3 at the Payis Performing Art Center in Ashdod.

The 60-year-old Lovano, who has been one the leading lights of the jazz fraternity for some years now, has put out an eclectic range of albums over the last three-plus decades that addresses a wide swath of subgenres, styles and mindsets. His latest album, Cross Culture, on which he collaborates with his UsFive band of four years – pianist James Weidman, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela – provides ample evidence of Lovano’s unceasingly exploratory ethos. There is a delightfully tripping outing on the Billy Strayhorn ballad “Star-Crossed Lovers,” with Lovano leading the way with a sinewy solo on tenor saxophone, while “Myths and Legends” is a far less structured affair, with Lovano and the rest of the gang unfurling ethereal lines all over the show.

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