Joe Lovano’s world of sound continues to grow. This is a musician who is still determined to be the latest in that happy line of tenor saxophonists that began a long time ago with Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Ben Webster, which may explain why he has an unconditional audience that always responds and turns out for any project he may embark on.
Lovano didn’t find it hard to devote himself to music. His father, Tony Big T. Lovano, a local sax hero, took on his musical education when he was just a child. All his hard work yielded results only twelve years later. In 1974, George Benson and Lonnie Smith recruited the young saxophonist to play in some of their recordings. Jack McDuff did the same, and he signed him up to tour with his group in 1975.
Ever since then – after having played in bands led by the likes of Woody Herman, Mel Lewis and Paul Motian, not to mention his subsequent solo career – the artist has gone from one success to another. With the tenor saxophone, Lovano has a sparkling voice that is all his own, a voice that fills his compositions with colours and vibes. The essential response to his musical exploits is now provided by the Tapestry Trio, which features Marilyn Crispell on piano, and Carmen Castaldi on drums.
Components Joe Lovano: tenor and soprano saxophones Marilyn Crispell: piano Carmen Castaldi: drums