Streams of Expression

Streams of Expression

by Joe Lovano

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Overview

Streams of Expression

When it comes to his recordings, it's impossible to figure out where saxophonist Joe Lovano will turn his attention next, but we can rest assured that the results will be fascinating. Streams of Expression is yet another left-field masterpiece from one of the most assured musicians in the current jazz scene. The centerpiece of the album is Gunther Schuller's arrangements of three works associated with Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool recordings of 1949 and 1950. The results are a brilliant update that honors the originals yet finds plenty of room for individual contributions from the great saxophonist and his worthy associates. The rest of the album brims with intriguing writing and arranging and strong playing from Lovano and fellow saxophonists George Garzone, Gary Schmulyan, and Ralph Lalama. As satisfying as this album is, it also makes you long for Lovano's next surprise of a project. Joe Lovano can always be relied upon to switch gears from one project to another, constantly exploring new music and fresh variations of older pieces. On Streams of Expression, he contributes the five-part "Streams of Expression Suite," a three-part "Birth of the Cool Suite" (conducted by Gunther Schuller) that uses themes from Miles Davis' 1948-1950 Nonet, and three briefer works. Lovano utilizes several groups along the way, and there are spots for the other horn players (including tenors George Garzone and Ralph Lalama, baritonist Gary Smulyan, and especially trumpeter Tim Hagans) to be heard. Lovano is in prime form, the Miles Davis melodies are expertly updated, and although none of the new individual themes were destined to be future standards, the playing by Lovano and his sidemen is consistently creative. Another highly recommended Joe Lovano outing.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2006
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0094634109222
catalogNumber: 41092
Rank: 184064

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Lovano   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Alto Clarinet
John Hicks   Piano
Dennis Irwin   Bass
Ralph Lalama   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone
Tim Hagans   Trumpet
Steve Slagle   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Lewis Nash   Drums
Larry Farrell   Trombone
George Garzone   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Parloff   Flute
Barry Ries   Trumpet
Charles Russo   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Gunther Schuller   Conductor
James Weidman   Piano

Technical Credits

Joe Lovano   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Tim Hagans   Arranger,Composer
James Farber   Engineer
Gunther Schuller   Arranger,Composer
Anthony Ruotolo   Digital Mixing Assistant
J. Lewis   Arranger
Brian Montgomery   Digital Mixing Assistant

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