Lovano and Scofield Talk About Team Work

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Thursday January 27, 2011

From the Times Union

Jazz giants Lovano and Scofield talk about team work
By R.J. DeLuke

To call saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist John Scofield world-class musicians is like saying the Pope is fairly well-established in the religion business. The two are giants in jazz, among the best on their respective instruments. Both have a constant creative drive and an artistic spirit that pushes them to explore different musical situations, musical challenges.

When they decide to collaborate, it’s exciting. The two are doing just that early this year as the John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet embarks on a tour that makes a stop Sunday at The Egg in Albany. They’ve known each other — playing together in different bands — over the course of many years. They decided to form this group a few years ago, joined by drummer Matt Wilson and bassist Matt Penman.

The quartet plays original music, as well as tunes from other jazz greats like Thelonious Monk. “We’re focusing on some new tunes we’ve put together for the group and then some of our tunes we’ve played before,” said Lovano. “We have a ball together. We’ve known each other since the early ’70s. It’s fun when we come together. And all of a sudden, it’s new music.”

Read the entire interview here