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Joe Lovano's Us Five at Ronnie Scott's

Jez Nelson presents a concert from saxophonist Joe Lovano with his quintet Us Five at Ronnie Scott's in London. The set features melodic tunes interwoven with free improvisation.

Jez Nelson presents a concert from US saxophonist Joe Lovano with his new quintet Us Five at Ronnie Scott's in London. The set features melodic tunes interwoven with free improvisation, and employs all combinations of players within the group. Playing a range of horns and folk instruments, Lovano is joined by James Weidman on piano, bassist Esperanza Spalding and two drummers - Otis Brown and Francesco Mela.

Joe Lovano was born in Ohio to a musical family in 1952. He rose to prominence during the 1980s playing with John Scofield's quartet and Paul Motion's bass-less trio with Bill Frisell. Since then, he has led many of his own groups, developing a tone that combines Stan Getz's melodic style and Coltrane's gruffness with a sound knowledge of jazz composition to date.

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Jez interviews Joe Lovano.

Joe Lovano recorded at Ronnie Scott's on 26 May 2009.

Joe Lovano (reeds)
James Weidman (piano)
Esperanza Spalding (bass)
Otis Brown (drums)
Francesco Mela (drums)

Set list:
Us Five
Power House
Folk Art
Drum Song
Song For Judi
Big Ben

All compositions by Joe Lovano.

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Album: Us Five
Label: Blue Note
Released: May 2009.

1 hour, 45 minutes


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