The Spring Quartet,  Jazzwoche Burghausen 2014

Jack DeJohnette - drums 
Joe Lovano - sax 
Esperanza Spalding - bass 
Leo Genovese - piano 



RCA Victor ‎– 74321684522 ‎– Recorded in 1999.
Ray Barretto And New World Spirit ‎– Portraits In Jazz And Clave.
Congas – Ray Barretto.
Drums – Vince Cherico.
Bass – Eddie Gomez.
Guitar – Kenny Burrell.
Tenor Saxophone – Joe Lovano.
Trombone, Shells – Steve Turre.
Piano – John Di Martino.
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Adam Kolker.
Trumpet – John Bailey.


Criss Cross

SF Jazz Collective

Dave Douglas – trumpet
Andre Hayward
– trombone
Joe Lovano
– tenor sax
Miguel Zenon
– alto sax
Stefon Harris
– vibes
Renee Rosnes
– piano
Matt Penman – bass
Eric Harland – drums


Joe Lovano Classic Quartet,  On This Day

Blue Note Milano 05-05-2016

Joe Lovano sax
Peter Slavov doublebass
Lawrence Fields piano
Lamy Istrefi drums

I had almost forgotten about this album, played it a lot when it was released but haven’t heard it for around 10 years, until tonight - well worth checking out!  

Combining the talents of tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist John Scofield, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Al Foster, there is an uncredited fifth member on jazz super-group Scolohofo’s début recording, Oh! - Miles Davis. Every one of these musicians, except for Lovano, gained their first real success with the legendary trumpeter - an experience that informs their careers to the present. The aesthetic on Oh! is resolutely Milesian - impressionistic, spare, soft, funky, progressive, but always with an ear to the blues. Scolohofoda? His sound is almost literally present, an “implied tone” whenever Scofield’s dissonant chord clusters and Lovano’s whispery throat tones collide. These guys played with Davis in his later fusion period during the ‘70’s and ‘80’s when Davis’ “group” aesthetic came to the fore and became perhaps even more important than his individual contribution. And, while everyone gets their featured solo spot, the overall effect is one of intensely soft and layered patches of sound. Scofield’s trademark “chicken scratch” lines match perfectly with Lovano’s fuzzy spittle tone and the rhythm section of Holland and Foster offers its own wryly propulsive counterpoint. Musically, the goal is resolutely post-bop, but with an acoustic, folky underpinning that allows for some interestingly arranged melodic moments. This contrasts nicely with the free-flowing, loose improvisation informed by ‘60’s free jazz, fusion, and modern progressive styles. Long time fans of the work of these individual musicians will find much to enjoy here, but there is the sense of new or at least rediscovery on Oh! - another Davis trademark - which bodes well for future collaborations - but don’t hold your breath! [Matt Collar]


Joe Lovano and Hank Jones - The Duo Made in Heaven