Monday February 24, 2014
Review: The Spring Quartet at the Lobero Theatre
By: Charles Donelan
There’s no better example of the way that great rhythm sections have transformed jazz in the postmodern era than drummer Jack DeJohnette, who brought his latest (and one of his greatest) quartets to the Lobero on Tuesday, February 18. The Spring Quartet consists of DeJohnette on drums, keyboards, and melodica, along with Joe Lovano on sax and flute; Esperanza Spalding on bass, vocals, and sax; and Leo Genovese on piano, a variety of keyboards, and sax. Lovano and Spalding are well known — he as the genius reedman and top saxist of his generation, and she as the multi-talented, Grammy Award-winning next big thing in jazz. Pianist Leo Genovese, who has worked closely with Spalding on several of her recent projects, ought to be better known, and it’s likely that his work in this jazz supergroup will make that happen.
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