Wednesday August 12, 2009
August 9, 2009 from WBGO – Jazz audiences mostly know Joe Lovano as a top-drawer, burly-toned tenor saxophonist. He bears a massive catalog of recordings, which he seemingly appends multiple times a year over the last 20-plus years. But at Berklee College of Music, his alma mater and employer, he’s just one of many talented teachers on staff. It’s where he met talent like Cuban virtuoso drummer Francisco Mela and star ascendant bassist Esperanza Spalding, with whom he formed a sort of faculty trio some years ago. With the subsequent addition of James Weidman on piano and Otis Brown III on drums, that trio has mutated into a colorful, loose two-drummer quintet called UsFive.
Read the entire piece, and stream the live recording from Newport