Lovano blows into Ashdod

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Thursday September 26, 2013


Lovano blows into Ashdod
By: Barry Davis

Stellar saxophonist Joe Lovano will headline the fifth annual Super Jazz Festival, which will take place on October 2 and 3 at the Payis Performing Art Center in Ashdod.

The 60-year-old Lovano, who has been one the leading lights of the jazz fraternity for some years now, has put out an eclectic range of albums over the last three-plus decades that addresses a wide swath of subgenres, styles and mindsets. His latest album, Cross Culture, on which he collaborates with his UsFive band of four years ‘” pianist James Weidman, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela ‘” provides ample evidence of Lovano’s unceasingly exploratory ethos. There is a delightfully tripping outing on the Billy Strayhorn ballad ‘Star-Crossed Lovers,’ with Lovano leading the way with a sinewy solo on tenor saxophone, while ‘Myths and Legends’ is a far less structured affair, with Lovano and the rest of the gang unfurling ethereal lines all over the show.

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