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Jazzfest review by Chris Maskell: Amiable, animated music from the John Scofield / Joe Lovano Quartet

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Monday June 27, 2016

From Ottawa Citizen
By Chris Maskell

Amiable, animated music from the John Scofield / Joe Lovano Quartet

Continuing a collaboration that reaches as far back as their 1990 album Time On My Hands, guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Joe Lovano returned to Ottawa on Saturday night for a blockbuster show.

Joined by the celebrated drum-bass pairing of Ben Street and Bill Stewart, the pair presented music mostly from Scofield’s 2015 record Past Present. If you’ve attended one of the band’s concerts over the past little while, the set list will come as no surprise.

Lovano’s explosive Cymbalism kicked off the performance. The two frontmen’s musical relationship was on display here, as they slipped in and out of the tune’s melody between improvised exchanges. Somewhat remarkably, they never got in each other’s way, and this same trick was also used on Scofield’s melancholy Mr. Puffy.

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