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This review is from: From The Soul (Audio CD)
Ever since I bought Lovano`s wonderful Rush Hour some years ago I`ve wanted more of this open-hearted, broad-toned sax player. At last, here he is in a very different, starker setting, less lush but with no less lyricism, accompanied by a stunning line-up of pianist Michael Petrucciani (1962-99), respected British bassist Dave Holland (b. 1946) and distinctive New Orleans drummer Ed Blackwell (1929-92).
It`s a winning combination, with Petrucciani as fresh as ever, with a touch all his own. Blackwell was a drummer who always liked to leave plenty of space between the lines, so to speak, while Holland`s musicianship has never been better displayed.
The nine-minute opener Evolution, composed by Lovano, is a glorious number, while the eight-minute Portrait of Jenny is a lyrical ballad which is both exploratory and beautifully argued by all concerned, both together and in their solos.
At over an hour this is not only excellent value for money, but allows the grateful listener to explore along with this clearly recorded quartet the highways and byways of their well-chosen set of tunes.
Joe Lovano is now an established name, at least among lovers of jazz, and rightly so. He brings a refreshingly lucid sensibility to jazz in the late 20th/early 21st centuries, with a style that honours those who`ve gone before - Coltrane, Rollins et al - and brings something new to the table too. His band on this 1991 date is impeccable, all sounding like they were not only enjoying playing these notes but also all the notes in between!
Body and Soul is one of those numbers that will always be resurrected, deservedly so. Joe, Michael, Ed and Dave play it with a relaxed, almost joyful aplomb, as they do all the tracks on this delicious album.
Modern Man is a jerky, percussive piece by Lovano which gives Blackwell a typically minimalist solo - Ed loved to play crisply, hitting his kit without fuss, the antithesis of the gregarious Elvin Jones, say. Fort Worth, another original by the leader, has a deep and ominous solo from Holland early on.
Good to hear the rare Monk tune Work, as well as Trane`s Central Park West. Good to hear them all, really.
Hugely & happily recommended.