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Interview With the Spring Quartet

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Thursday January 30, 2014

From CapitalBop

INTERVIEW | DEJOHNETTE, LOVANO, SPALDING AND GENOVESE ARRIVE ON SATURDAY WITH THE SPRING QUARTET
By: Giovanni Russonello

The band has just begun a four-month tour – its first time playing together as a quartet – and this offers a rare moment of discovery: Witness four of the world’s slinkiest interpreters of sound, all of whom have played together in various settings, develop their an identity in a new format. Add the element of cross-generational interchange (Spalding’s in her 20s, Genovese in his 30s, Lovano in his 60s and DeJohnette in his 70s) and you’re talking about a very incendiary brew.

CapitalBop: You’re all very busy touring musicians. What motivated you all to form this group, and set aside four months for a tour?

Jack DeJohnette: We love playing with each other. It’s actually the first time that all four of us have been in a musical configuration together like this. It’s for the joy and love of exploring, creating music. Each of us has our compositions, and we’re also open to things happening in the moment.

Joe Lovano: I think it came together because we all really want to play together. It’s a special combination of personalities, generations, histories, experiences. Just speaking for myself, playing with Jack DeJohnette is one of the high points of my life, in my musical directions and development. We really first played together on my recording, Universal Language, for Blue Note Records, which we recorded back in ‘92’¦. The energy was amazing, and the focus and the sharing of space and the developing of ideas within the structures that I wrote for the date’¦. I had been hearing him for years – the first time with Miles [Davis], in 1971, when that record Live/Evil came out. They played in Boston and I was there at the Jazz Workshop. It was the first time and I sat right in front of Jack.

Read the interview in full here