One of the most versatile and widely appreciated tenor saxophonists of the last decade, Lovano is neither a staunch traditionalist nor a revolutionary avant-gardist. He plays with an open-minded, history-spanning approach, drawing on a wide range of influences within the Bebop-to-Free Jazz spectrum and seamlessly stitching them together. He does, however, emphasize certain musical aspects over others in his various groups: his piano-less quartets and trios focus more on group interaction and tend to be more outward-leaning, while he turns to a more standard soloist vs. accompaniment Bop format when piano is present. He's also done a couple of intriguing large ensemble records, including Rush Hour (1995), which features arrangements from Third Stream guru Gunther Schuller as well as the hovering wordless vocals of Lovano's wife, Judy Silvano. Finally, his roster of past sidemen -- which includes drummers Elvin Jones and Ed Blackwell and bassist Dave Holland -- brims over with folks who, like Lovano, place substance high above flash.
Joe Lovano Concert Films
Solos: The Jazz Sessions
Runtime: 49 minJoe Lovano began playing alto saxophone as a child. His father, tenor saxophonist Tony "Big T" Lovano, schooled young Joe in jazz dynamics and interpretation, and regularly exposed him to the live performances of international jazz artists . Lovano uses a variety of horns and gongs to wind his way through several of his own compositions, standards and improvisations.
Joe Lovano Top Tracks
Solos: The Jazz Sessions
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minAn up-close portrayal of Frisell, filmed by Daniel Berman at the Berkeley Church in Toronto. This rare solo session features an intimate look into his electric guitar and looping wizardry, and includes an exclusive interview with Frisell. On the taping of Solos Frisell comments, "It's a weird thing playing solo. I live for the interaction with other musicians."
Alto Saxophone Jazz Solos
Runtime: 50 minOne of the most individual of all alto saxophone players, the cool-toned LEE KONITZ has always had a strong musical curiosity that has led him to consistently take chances and stretch himself, usually quite successfully. The Jazz Sessions spotlights unaccompanied performances by some of the legends and bright young stars of the jazz world. Designed and recorded specifically for television, SOLOS offers viewers front row seats for an intimate and unique jazz experience. Each program features complete musical pieces, insightful interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage. Shot in stunning HDTV with multiple moving cameras and a medley of elegant cinematic lighting, SOLOS showcases an exciting and dynamic variety of jazz styles - from the blues and boogie-woogie to bebop and the experimental.
New Morning: The Paris Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 56 minJohn is considered one of the most important and influential jazz guitarists and composers since he arrived on the scene in the mid '70s. A masterful improviser at the peak of his creative art, Scofield revisits compositions & interpretations richly combining post-bop, funk-edged jazz, and R&B influences. This brilliant performance by John Scofield (backed by master drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Ben Street and pianist Michael Eckroth) is a true gem.