‘Coltrane Revisited’ – It Feels Like Home


Joe Lovano, jovial but focused, brought his tenor saxophone to his lips at Birdland on Wednesday night, taking charge without preamble or pause. With his first few notes he traced a syncopated vamp, quickly adopted by the bassist Lonnie Plaxico and the drummer Andrew Cyrille. Then Mr. Lovano pulled back, letting the groove lock in, and started splashing colors around: a plunging eighth-note line, a foghorn low tone, a fast chromatic scribble. He was making himself at home, with casual effort but concentrated effect.

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