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REVIEW Joe Lovano at the Ottawa Jazz Festival

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Wednesday June 30, 2010

from the Ottawa Citizen

Lovano’s Quintet delivers raw, organic music
By Peter Hum

OTTAWA — With an uncommon instrumentation, the band of tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano made uncommonly good music in Confederation Park on Tuesday night.

The New York jazz star brought his Us Five band — consisting of pianist James Weidman, bassist Petar Slavov, and not one, but two, drummers: Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela.

The double-drummer lineup has its precedents in jazz — saxophonists John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins in the 1960s, for example, gave it a whirl — but the overwhelming majority of jazz groups do just fine with one drummer.

Lovano’s group justified its extra man.

Throughout the band’s set, the relations between the musicians continually changed, with Brown and Mela locking with each other, playing off each other and taking turns accompanying Lovano or Weidman.

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