March 20, 2016
Southern Family (Low Country/Elektra **1/2) If there's a unifying figure in the Nashville country-flavored singer-songwriter renaissance, it's Dave Cobb. The producer has helmed projects by Grammy-winners Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, as well as Sturgill Simpson and Shooter Jennings, while branching out with the Boston pop quartet Lake Street Dive. The Cobb-assembled Southern Family showcases that Music City community with a set of songs that aim to say something meaningful about blood ties and Southern identity.
January 21, 2013 |
Dressed from head to toe in shades of red, saxophonist Joe Lovano looked as colorful as the arrays of flowers that surrounded him in Longwood Gardens' conservatory Saturday night. Bounding across the ballroom stage, juggling several exotic horns in addition to his trademark tenor saxophone, Lovano led his Us Five quintet through a set no less bursting with radiant colors. Us Five has been Lovano's primary vehicle since 2009, and the group has grown to embody the collective identity suggested by its name.
May 19, 2011 |
You can't blame Chris Potter for being a little flummoxed. Tasked with composing a new piece of music based on one of the paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection, the saxophonist was handed not a lush, colorful masterpiece of French impressionism or an explosion of color à la Jackson Pollock, but a stark, austere black-on-white piece by the minimalist Ellsworth Kelly. "To be honest," Potter recalls, "my first reaction when I saw it was, 'Wow, what on Earth am I going to do with this?
February 22, 2010 |
McCoy Tyner's performance Friday at the Kimmel Center in Center City owed refreshingly little to John Coltrane. Tyner, the pianist in Coltrane's groundbreaking quartet, made no references to the iconic saxophonist, musically or otherwise, perhaps because the Tyner-Coltrane connection has been chronicled ad nauseam. Tyner, 71, performed with his regular trio plus tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, who recently recovered from shoulder injuries that sidelined him for two months. The pair have worked together intermittently for several years, as in 2007's McCoy Tyner Quartet.
June 25, 2002 |
On Sunday night at the Painted Bride Art Center, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano proved that comfort level is the difference between high-concept and gimmickry. Playing selections from the self-explanatory Viva Caruso, Lovano's quirky Street Band, which closed the Mellon Jazz Festival, never once forced the issue. In the truest spirit of improvisation, the group used Enrico Caruso-related selections as the jumping-off point for variations, creating not only unexpected solos but also an ensemble sound that responded to the demands of the moment.
March 21, 2001 |
For an art form based on spontaneity, jazz recently has acquired a number of rules. Some say it has to have the spang-a-lang swing rhythm that became popular in the 1930s. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis goes further, decreeing that it must have a certain degree of blues feeling. Saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano, who performs at the Convention Center on Friday as part of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, argues for something simpler. "Jazz is about being creative with the material and the people you're playing with," he said this week.
February 9, 2001 |
Tenor saxophonist Frank Tiberi, leader of the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, teams up with fellow saxophonist George Garzone this weekend at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus. Tiberi and Garzone, who leads the band, the Fringe, appear together on Tiberi's release, "Tiberian Mode" (NY Jam Records), along with Joe Lovano. Ortlieb's is at 847 N. 3rd St. Sets start at 8:45 p.m. Info: 215-922-1035. Also on Saturday, St. Charles Catholic Church celebrates Black History Month with the "Jazz at St. Chaz" program celebrating the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
August 13, 1999 |
For saxophonist Joe Lovano, playing with innocence is among the most important qualities to have as a musician. "It's the sensibility of being free, or relaxed," Lovano said from his upstate New York home. "You must come into a situation without preconceived ideas, and let your melodies and harmonies take shape. That is not only for us onstage. You also have to involve the audience. Too much music is just played at an audience. The way to perform well is to create a new experience every time, whether you have played a tune once or a thousand times.
March 17, 1998 |
For the last few years, saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano has been working to escape the typical job description of the jazz musician. While still touring with several inventive small groups, he's recorded with chamber orchestras and written for new-music ensembles, and quietly developed a following as a musician capable of moving outside the confines of jazz. Sunday at the Clef Club, Lovano appeared with the String Trio of New York - guitarist James Emery, bassist John Lindberg, violinist Diane Monroe - in a program designed to accommodate his multiple interests.
December 2, 1996 |
At the end of his spirited second set Saturday at the Blue Moon, saxophonist Joe Lovano shouted, "That set was dedicated to all the great musicians who came from this city - Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, the Heath Brothers. We could be here all night naming 'em!" He was leaving the bandstand at the time, but Lovano's comment was no afterthought: Throughout the hour-long performance, he evoked the spirit of a few important artists associated with the area, including, on the prayerlike incantation "Ft. Worth," John Coltrane.