Joe Lovano, Marilyn Crispell & Carmen Castaldi

Garden of Expression

Following up his 2019 ECM debut, Trio Tapestry, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano reunites with two of the finest improvisers in the field on Garden of Expression. Pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi lend their sensitivity and attuned instincts to this set of eight Lovano originals, soaring over expansive, out-of-tempo soundscapes akin to those of the previous album. It’s a language of lyrical melody and open space, with rich, unfolding harmony from the piano and sparse texture and flow from the drums and cymbals—not to mention the gongs that Lovano introduces on “Garden of Expression,” “Treasured Moments,” and the closer, “Zen Like.” Playing a bit of soprano sax and tárogató as well, Lovano covers a spectrum, from the impressionistic modernism of “Night Creatures” to the almost medieval-sounding structures of the title track. “Dream on That” raises the temperature and gets busier, a glimmer of free-jazz energy amid a prevailing calm.


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Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and producer Joe Lovano is fearless in finding new modes of artistic expression. With a Grammy Win for his 52nd Street Themes and 14 other nominations, he has won DownBeat Magazine ’s Critics and Readers Polls countless times as Tenor Saxophonist, Musician of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year and Triple Crowns from DownBeat. He has also received numerous awards from Jazz Times and the Jazz Journalists Association for Tenor Saxophone, Album of the Year and Musician of the Year.


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Joe's forays into boundless musical formats and styles has built a discography of immense diversity and expression and yet, his unique musical identity is always present and paramount.


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I’ve been playing @borgani_saxophones since 1999. They are a very small company with a lot of passion and love for their instruments. It’s a family-run business and these handmade instruments are made with the same care that’s been passed down through the generations, back to the early times of making instruments.
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ScoLoHoFo "Oh!" (2002) featuring #JohnScofield, #JoeLovano, #DaveHolland & #AlFoster :: All-analog 180g 2-LP #TonePoet Vinyl Edition out Jan. 6 :: Pre-order now on the Blue Note Store via the link in our Story.
TONIGHT! I’ll be playing with my Classic Quartet at @sfjazz in tribute to the great Hank Jones at 7:30PM PT. Can’t be in San Fran? No worries - we got you covered: tonight’s set will be available to stream. Visit the Bandsintown link in my bio for details on tickets for both the live and virtual event.

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NOV 17: Joe Lovano, Larry Goldings & Lewis Nash
NOV 18: Joe Lovano Classic Quartet: Hank Jones Tribute (Streams on Fridays Live)
NOV 19: John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet 
NOV 20: Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints
San Francisco! I'm headed to @SFJAZZ this week for a series of 4 concerts with 4 different bands over the course of 4 nights. For those of you who can't make it in person, the Friday night set will be streamed live. More info and tickets available at Tour Dates link in bio.
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Saxophone great @joelovanojazz returns to SFJAZZ with four nights of performances with four unique bands (11/17–20). SFJAZZ staff writer Richard Scheinin spoke to Lovano about his career and upcoming concerts, including his quartet night with Renee Rosnes, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash, which will be broadcast on 11/18 as part of SFJAZZ At Home’s Fridays Live series:

“For Lovano, who turns 70 in December, every musical situation is a springboard to the next. A revered saxophonist with an unmistakable sound — warm and wooly, soft-edged but somehow penetrating — he is always developing some new project that will allow him to discover those secret melodies. His interests are wide. The diversity of his experiences is remarkable. Over the past 50-plus years, he has played soul-jazz with Dr. Lonnie Smith and “Brother” Jack McDuff. He has played with Woody Herman’s big band, a gig that landed him, at age 23, in Carnegie Hall, sitting next to Stan Getz. “Imagine that,” he says with a laugh. He spent years in drummer Paul Motian’s trio with guitarist Bill Frisell, playing a kind of pared-back mystery music of sound and silence. Starting in 1990, he released nearly two dozen albums on the Blue Note label. They cover a huge territory: bebop tunes by Tadd Dameron; Frank Sinatra hits and Enrico Caruso arias; freedom music with drummer Elvin Jones. Now signed to ECM, he has three new albums in the works. In every situation, he will tell you, he is looking for “spontaneity within the forms.”

Full Read for SFJAZZ At Home Members available SFJAZZ.org/OnTheCorner
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Once Around The Room – A Tribute To Paul Motian is now available on CD, download and streaming: link in bio

Vinyl – early 2023

A deeply felt and utterly original homage to a common inspiration and beloved colleague – the late, great drummer-composer Paul Motian – Once Around the Room is also the first album co-led by the Danish guitarist @jakobbromusic and US saxophonist @joelovanojazz. Bro conceived of a special band forthe project, convening what Lovano calls "a mini orchestra" for the Copenhagen studio session, which took place 10 years to the date since Motian died in 2011, at age 80. The textured septet features three bassists (Larry Grenadierand Thomas Morgan each on double-bass, plus Anders Christensen on bass guitar) and two drummers (Joey Baron and Jorge Rossy), all players who have worked together in various combinations as well as recorded for the label in recent years. Along with two Motian-influenced originals each by Bro and Lovano, Once Around the Room includes a group improvisation and an especially dynamic rendition of a vintage Motian composition: "Drum Music."
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The previous ECM work by Jakob Bro and Joe Lovano has been widely praised, with The New Yorker declaring that "Lovano can render a musical phrase into a poem", and Down Beat noting that "Bro’s guitar is luminous… his music both hypnotic and dramatic."

Once Around the Room is a deeply felt and utterly original homage to a common inspiration and beloved colleague – the late, great drummer-composer Paul Motian.

Out tomorrow, you can now listen to and pre-order the album through our link in the @ecm_records bio.
Inspiring evening of music with the @londonphilharmonicorchestra performing Douglas Cuomo’s new work! Next up, a brief tour with the @marcin_wasilewski_trio - catch you out there…
Looking forward to hittin’ the road again with the Marcin Wasilewski Trio from Poland. Catch you out there…
Tonight through Sunday I’ll be at @smokejazzclub in NYC playing the Music of Monk with Kevin Hays on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Al Foster on drums. Can’t make it? Smoke’s got you covered - they’ll be livestreaming Friday and Saturday. Get your in-person or streaming tix at the Smoke Jazz website or check out my Bandsintown for the links.
#jazz #concerts #livemusic #livestream #monk #benstreet #alfoster
Join me and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra this weekend for the premiere of Douglas Cuomo’s new concerto!
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+++ New album coming soon +++

On Once Around The Room ECM recording artists and key jazz musicians from several generations unite in a small ensemble to celebrate the musical legacy of drum icon Paul Motian in a big way.

Pre-order and listen to the “Song To An Old Friend” through our link in bio.

@joelovanojazz and @jakobbromusic lead a party of seven through fiery originals that recall the idioms and idiosyncrasies which Motian brought to light over six influential decades behind the drums. Lovano and Motian had been intimate colleagues for many years with their most notable collaboration being the groundbreaking trio featuring Bill Frisell – the lineup released three albums on ECM. Jakob Bro on the other hand made his ECM debut on Paul’s album Garden of Eden (2006). On Once Around The Room, compositions by Joe and Jakob appear alongside collective improvisation and Motian’s own “Drum Music”, seamlessly tied together and developed by an accomplished musical collective with stalwarts Larry Grenadier, Thomas Morgan and Anders Christensen respectively on bass as well as drummers Joey Baron and Jorge Rossy.
38 glorious years of Love and Music!
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OUT TOMORROW: 'I'm All For You' on vinyl!
Recording ‘I’m All For You’ for @bluenoterecords was one of my most significant sessions in my 25-record catalog for the label. This particular quartet featured three of the most influential creative masters in jazz history: Hank Jones, George Mraz, and Paul Motian. The album was a beautiful, expressive collection of standard tunes documented with a freshness that is timeless. I am thrilled Blue Note has chosen this recording to be released on their Classic Vinyl Reissue Series. It was an inspired session for all of us and I hope you will embrace the music on this first-ever remastered LP release.

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If #Detroit wants more jazz, they get more jazz. 🎤🎹🎷

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Recording ‘I’m all for You’ for @bluenoterecords was one of my most significant sessions in my 25-record catalog for the label. This particular quartet featured three of the most influential creative masters in jazz history: Hank Jones, George Mraz, and Paul Motian. The album was a beautiful, expressive collection of standard tunes documented with a freshness that is timeless. I am thrilled Blue Note has chosen this recording to be released on their Classic Vinyl Reissue Series. It was an inspired session for all of us and I hope you will embrace the music on this first-ever remastered LP release.

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An all-analog 180g Classic Vinyl Edition of #JoeLovano "I'm All For You" comes out Sept. 16! Pre-order via the link in our Story.

Lovano’s sublime 2003 ballads album found the saxophonist wrapping his ravishing sound around timeless melodies like “Stella By Starlight,” “I Waited For You” & “Like Someone In Love” with his marvelous quartet featuring pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Mraz & drummer Paul Motian.
 
The album's first-ever vinyl release is cut directly from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray & pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
Looking forward to July in Europe...
See you there!

@davedouglas @greenleafmusic #SoundPrints #Jazz #saxophone #trumpet #concerts
Hittin' the road with my man @davedouglas and our #SoundPrints quintet this weekend for a few U.S. gigs in the Midwest, then off to Europe in July. Next, I'll be playing with the Jazz in July All-Stars in NYC and then closing out the month at @newportjazzfest with Trio Tapestry. Hope to see you out there...
Diggin' this shot from my 2021 tour with the @marcin_wasilewski_trio

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Cleveland - I’m coming home! See you at the Tri-C Jazz Fest real soon…
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I played a beautiful tribute and celebration of Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith the other day in NYC. Having Lonnie's embrace in my early 20s was a springboard into my future on the scene. He was my mentor and a true inspiration through the years.
This was my Quartet last week at the John Zorn produced Ukraine benefit at Roulette in NYC. Judi Silvano, Bill Frisell, & Andrew Cyrille. We had a beautiful, creative set that was inspired and inspiring.