Joe Lovano in Melbourne: "it's not the notes, it's the spirit"

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Monday June 08, 2015

_ The Sydney Morning Herald_
By Jessica Nicholas

Melbourne International Jazz Festival review: Joe Lovano shows true spirit of soul

At his festival conversation session last Friday, Joe Lovano talked about his preference for the “how” rather than the “what” in jazz.
In other words, it’s not the notes played that count so much as the spirit and intent behind them.

It’s a lesson the renowned American saxophonist is keen to impart as a mentor, and a principle he applies with dazzling clarity whenever he picks up his horn.

On Friday night, Lovano performed with a powerhouse local trio led by Paul Grabowsky, renewing an association that began when the two recorded together more than a decade ago. The leader’s appreciation for his on-stage colleagues (Grabowsky, bassist Philip Rex and drummer Dave Beck) was evident throughout the show, whether he was dipping and weaving with them in free rhythm passages or standing with eyes closed, saxophone clasped to his chest as he listened to a particularly pungent solo from Rex or Grabowsky.

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