LIVE REVIEW: It's a Marvel Comics kind of question

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Sunday July 15, 2012


LIVE: Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Quintet Sound Prints @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 7/3/12
By: J Hunter

It’s a Marvel Comics kind of question: What if Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas teamed up? I mean, Lovano and Douglas are this jazz era’s equivalent of the Incredible Hulk and Thor, God of Thunder: They can (and will) do whatever the hell they want, and they’ll do it absolutely splendidly ‘” witness the sterling music Lovano’s created with the atypical configuration that is Us Five; or Douglas’ almost-all-horn band Brass Ecstasy, one of the biggest highlights of last year’s rain-soaked Solid Sound Festival. That’s just two examples from a long, long list of choices! Sure, Lovano and Douglas shared space on the SFJAZZ Collective front line a few years ago, but they were working on someone else’s ideas. But what if they came up with their own concept‘¦ like a set of original compositions inspired by jazz icon Wayne Shorter, for instance?

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