Joe Lovano Essentials

Joe Lovano Essentials

This latter-day Blue Note recording artist is most commonly thought of as a keeper of the post-bop flame. But aside from his driving, straight-ahead releases like Landmarks, he's also shown a flair for unexpected curatorial choices—performing an obscure Ornette Coleman tune on Rush Hour and presenting the work of Third Stream theorist Gunther Schuller on Streams of Expression. From balladry to burners, our playlist covers this tenor saxophonist's wide-ranging intelligence, and includes his performances alongside artists like bassist Esperanza Spalding and guitarist John Scofield.

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