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Sunday January 06, 2013

from http://somethingelsereviews.com

Joe Lovano and Us Five ‘” Cross Culture (2013)
By: Nick DeRiso

I expected Joe Lovano, after an association dating back to 1981, to offer tribute to Paul Motian ‘” the legend who died just two months before the saxist began Cross Culture. Instead, Lovano begins with a sun-drenched burst of joy.

‘Blessings in May’ swings with a floorboard-rearranging verve, as Lovano switches from tenor to G-mezzo horns alongside pianist James Weidman, bassists Peter Slavov and Esperanza Spalding and drummers Francisco Mela (on the left) and Otis Brown III (on the right). Their tornadic polyrhythms ‘” ever moving, ever surprising, yet also ever in tandem ‘” give the song this layered sense of blissful exaltation.

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