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Rush Hour
     

Rush Hour

by Joe Lovano
 
This is one of the most exciting jazz releases of 1995. Joe Lovano is showcased on four songs backed by a string section, is accompanied by a stringless big band filled with woodwinds and brass during four other pieces, performs Ornette Coleman's "Kathline Gray" with a chamber group, takes two songs as duets with his wife Judi Silvano

Overview

This is one of the most exciting jazz releases of 1995. Joe Lovano is showcased on four songs backed by a string section, is accompanied by a stringless big band filled with woodwinds and brass during four other pieces, performs Ornette Coleman's "Kathline Gray" with a chamber group, takes two songs as duets with his wife Judi Silvano (who contributes wordless vocals), plays his own "Wildcat" as an overdubbed feature for his tenor and drums, and does a straightforward version of "Chelsea Bridge" unaccompanied. Gunther Schuller's arrangements for the larger pieces (which include three of his own colorful originals: "Rush Hour on 23rd Street," "Lament for M," and "Headin' Out, Movin' In") expertly blend together Gil Evans-type orchestrations with aspects of modern classical music and freer forms of jazz, while allowing the music to swing. Silvano's voice is also an asset on three of the orchestra performances, and trumpeter Jack Walrath briefly makes his presence felt. However, this very well-conceived release would not have succeeded were it not for the talent, versatility and risk-taking of Joe Lovano. His improvisations (mostly on tenor) push the boundaries of this already adventurous music and his sound (which occasionally hints a little at Clifford Jordan) is quite original; on the basis of this date alone, Lovano must rank as one of the top tenors of the 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/1995
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724382926924
catalogNumber:
29269

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Lovano   Primary Artist,Bass Clarinet,Drums,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mark Helias   Bass
Jack Walrath   Trumpet
George Schuller   Drums
David Taylor   Tuba,Bass Trombone
John Clark   French Horn
Ed Schuller   Bass
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Ronald Carbone   Viola
James Chirillo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Charles Libove   Violin
Paul Peabody   Violin
John Pintavalle   Violin
Michael Rabinowitz   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Charles Russo   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gunther Schuller   Conductor
Fred Sherry   Cello
Joel Smirnoff   Violin
Dennis Smylie   Contrabass Clarinet
James Pugh   Trombone
Mark Belair   Percussion,Vibes
Robert Botti   English Horn
Julie Landsman   French Horn
Richard Oatts   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Judi Silvano   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Eric Wyrick   Violin
Toby Appel   Viola
Geoff Nutall   Violin
Cynthia Phelps   Viola

Technical Credits

Joe Lovano   Arranger,Producer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
James Farber   Engineer
Gunther Schuller   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Darcy Cloutier-Fernald   Art Direction

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