Joe Lovano

Joe Lovano

To celebrate Charlie Parker's centennial Grammy Award winning composer, saxophonist, and producer Joe Lovano will bring his 2011 project Bird Songs back on the road in spring and summer 2020.

Joe Lovano has been sufficiently forward-looking to have earned the right to look backward on his 22nd album for Blue Note Records, marking his 20th anniversary with the label. Bird Songs presents songs associated with, written for, and, primarily, written by Bird, Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. Lovano employs his group Us Five, which includes pianist James Weidman, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and two drummers, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela. Lovano himself plays tenor saxophone for the most part, not alto, which Parker did. That's an immediate hint to his approach. These may be Bird songs, but they are not played the way Bird played them.

In 2019 Joe made his ECM debut with Trio Tapestry, featuring pianist Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi on drums. Longtime collaborators in various projects over the years, each member of the trio is a pillar in their respective industries: Lovano is a titan of jazz saxophone, The Guardian calls Marilyn Crispell ‘one of the most highly regarded pianists at the sharp end of contemporary jazz,’ and Castaldi is a superb percussionist in the continuing legacy of Paul Motion. With innovative new compositions Lovano calls, ‘some of the most intimate, personal music’ he’s recorded thus far, Lovano unfurls a tapestry of modal expressions interwoven with shimmering saxophone, passionate spirituality in the piano, and a range of exceptional percussive accents.

  • Joe Lovano 'Trio Tapestry' - Tarrassa
    Joe Lovano 'Trio Tapestry' - Tarrassa
  • Joe Lovano 'Trio Tapestry' - One Time In
    Joe Lovano 'Trio Tapestry' - One Time In
  • Joe Lovano Us Five - Jazzwoche Burghausen 2011
    Joe Lovano Us Five - Jazzwoche Burghausen 2011
"Insbesondere der virtuose Alleskönner Lovano ... verfügt über eine unanfechtbare Autorität."
"The titan among us."
"Bilder von expressiver Schönheit, mystisch Verhangenes, experimentierfreudige Trio- und Duo-Improvisationen bis hin zum übermütigen Finale..."
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Trio Tapestry
Trio Tapestry
Blue Note
Bird Songs
Bird Songs
Blue Note
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Trio Tapestry

Joe Lovano - Sax

Marilyn Crispell - Piano

Carmen Castaldi - Drums

Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints

Joe Lovano - Sax

Dave Douglas - Trumpet

Lawrence Fields - Piano

Linda Oh - Bass

Joey Baron - Drums

Joe Lovano Us Five (tbc)

Joe Lovano - Sax

Esperanza Spalding - Bass

James Weidman - Piano

Francisco Mela - Drums/Percussion

Otis Brown III - Drums/Percussion



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