Joe Lovano Quartet - Classic! Live At Newport (2016) [Official Digital Download]

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Joe Lovano Quartet - Classic! Live At Newport (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Joe Lovano Quartet - Classic! Live At Newport (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 57:50 minutes | 680 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Classic! (Live At Newport) is Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano's 25th release for Blue Note, recorded in August 2005 at the Newport Jazz Festival. Lovano has dedicated the album to the memory of his legendary pianist, the late Hank Jones, who was 87 years old when this performance was captured. In addition to Jones, Lovano is backed here by bassist George Mraz and drummer Lewis Nash.

Joe Lovano is part of a select group of established musicians who have been around for so long, achieved so much, and have such an instantly recognizable sound, that a new release is more or less guaranteed to be good. And so it is with Classic! Live at Newport – everybody knows what to expect but that doesn't in any way diminish the enjoyment of listening to it.
This is another welcome offering from the Lovano quartet featuring the late, great Hank Jones. He passed away in 2010, five years after this album was recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival, but what we're left with is a collaboration between Jones and Lovano that gave us the Blue Note albums I'm All for You – the title track of which finds its way into this live set – and the superb Joyous Encounter, as well as the duo record Kids: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Classic! follows the May 2005 recording of Joyous Encounter, and the quartet had been busy touring Europe with journeyman drummer Lewis Nash replacing Paul Motian. Nash colors the quartet in a different way than Motian, but it's not unwelcome. Motian had an unparalleled ability to see the drum kit's role in the small ensemble – it could almost be described as impressionistic – whereas Lewis Nash is more at home swinging hard. That's not to say Classic! is missing something – the other bandmembers thrive just as happily on hard-grooving time players.

The level of attentiveness in the quartet is as captivating as you might expect if you're familiar with their work. As evidenced on the Lovano-penned "I'm All for You," over the changes of "Body and Soul," Lovano's tonal fragility leaves you feeling like his melodic phrases might collapse or lose time, but they never do. Jones' comping follows and guides the intensity of the band, suggesting rhythmic interplay or harmonic substitutions mid-tune, devices that drummer Nash or bassist George Mraz are only too happy to embellish. It's worth noting that Hank Jones was 87 at the time of recording, yet his touch, his attentiveness, and his creativity were still clearly at a level that would drive many a younger pianist back to the practice room.

Lovano gives us a typically robust display of mastery across all six tracks. Technically brilliant, his trademark phrases weaving in and out of the harmony somehow sound frail and immense at the same time. His solo on "Bird's Eye View," another track from the Joyous Encounter album, is up there with his best. The intensity is encouraged by Jones, and Lovano happily rises to it, screaming in the high register and provoking reactions from the ever-swinging Nash and Mraz. Lovano set the bar so high with releases such as Trio Fascination, On this Day, and the cuts previously mentioned, and this live recording is on that level. Hank Jones is no longer with us, meaning this is the last offering of that beautiful collaboration, but we can take comfort in the fact that he lives on through his lasting influence on Joe Lovano. In the sax player's own words, "His accompaniment and solos were full of love, poetry and searching…His wisdom and knowledge about music and life, his humor, wit, passion and love will always inspire and be with me."


01 - Big Ben
02 - Bird's Eye View
03 - Don't Ever Leave Me
04 - I'm All For You
05 - Kids Are Pretty People
06 - Six And Four

Recorded live at Newport Jazz Festival 2005, RI, US.

Joe Lovano - tenor saxophone
Hank Jones - piano
George Mraz - bass
Lewis Nash - drums

Analyzed: Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, George Mraz, Lewis Nash / Classic! Live At Newport

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR14 0.00 dB -15.65 dB 7:11 01-Big Ben
DR14 0.00 dB -15.99 dB 11:06 02-Bird's Eye View
DR15 0.00 dB -18.05 dB 10:23 03-Don't Ever Leave Me
DR16 -0.19 dB -20.14 dB 9:55 04-I'm All For You
DR14 0.00 dB -17.29 dB 8:10 05-Kids Are Pretty People
DR12 0.00 dB -14.93 dB 11:04 06-Six And Four

Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1625 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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