Live Review: Sound Prints at Ronnie Scott's

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Wednesday October 17, 2012


Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, review
By: Ivan Hewett

What a joy it was, to see two of jazz’s biggest personalities together and up close on Ronnie’s stage. The only doubt was: would there be room, metaphorically speaking, for the two of them?

They’re such different animals: saxophonist Joe Lovano, as expansive and generous in tone and line as he is in girth, his playing firmly rooted in a post-bop idiom: trumpeter Dave Douglas, short, wiry, rooted nowhere in particular, with a restless and probing tone and temperament.

In fact these two have been playing together for some years, and know just how to steer around each other, and when to come together in a dance, or a scrum. The first number started off with an air of deliberate casualness, as if each player were marking out a space and simultaneously searching for the other, as if in a darkened room. Suddenly we were hurled into a fast bop tempo; but no, this was a false alarm, we weren’t there yet.

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