Joe Lovano, Running the Show With Sweeping Sax

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Thursday July 14, 2016


Joe Lovano, Running the Show With Sweeping Sax
By: Ben Ratliff

The jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano has a beautiful sound: dark tone, big projection, sweeping phrases, bright and flexible logic. But he’s also one of the great connectors in the history of New York jazz over the last few generations, just through his role as a bandleader. Nearly all his records since the mid-‘80s have been the work of different bands, almost all of which achieved their own identities. ‘Quartets,’ from 1995, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, used two different groups; one was a short-lived, loose and bracing quartet with the trumpeter Tom Harrell, the bassist Anthony Cox and the drummer Billy Hart. They played a powerful index of the straight-ahead jazz language of the time, and Mr. Lovano is bringing them back to the Vanguard, from Tuesday, July 19, to Sunday. (212-255-4037,

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