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Friday January 03, 2020

From Francemusiqu

Joe Lovano, Viva Lovano: (1/10), The Sicilian accent of Cleveland
By: Alex Dutilh

“The tenor of the tenors. No coincidence that Joe Lovano devoted one of his major albums to the repertoire of Enrico Caruso, “Viva Caruso”, in 2002 … Since the forced retirement of Sonny Rollins, Joe Lovano has appeared as “the” occupying saxophonist, with a bonhomie benevolent, the statue of the commander. He has just been crowned “tenor saxophonist of the year” in the famous critical referendum of the American magazine DownBeat.

Those who had the chance to hear it last summer as a luxury guest on Diana Krall’s tour were amazed. An art of concision on each solo, on each song, which evoked the miraculous osmosis between Lester Young and Billie Holiday. The pianist and singer willingly turned around to accompany her guest star.

Joe Lovano, Trio Tapestry, live concert of the D’jazz Nevers festival
To approach Joe Lovano (born December 29, 1952) is to dive into the daily life of a jazzmen for half a century: a musician family, the school of clubs from adolescence, the New York of the Loft Generation , the friendship of twenty years with Paul Motian and Bill Frisell for one of the most sublime trios in the history of jazz, the brotherly bond with John Scofield, the consecration of a long series of albums at Blue Note, until ‘to its brand new signature at ECM.”

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