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Joe Lovano, Marilyn Crispell & Carmen Castaldi – Trio Tapestry (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Joe Lovano, Marilyn Crispell & Carmen Castaldi – Trio Tapestry (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 48:06 minutes | 869 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM

The great saxophonist Joe Lovano has appeared on a number of ECM recordings over the last four decades, including much-loved albums with Paul Motian, Steve Kuhn and John Abercrombie. Trio Tapestry is his first as a leader for the label, introducing a wonderful new group and music of flowing lyricism, delicate texture, and inspired interplay. Lovano and pianist Marilyn Crispell are in accord at an advanced level inside its structures. “Marilyn has such a beautiful sound and touch and vocabulary,” Joe enthuses. Drummer Carmen Castaldi, a Lovano associate of long-standing, also responds to the trio environment with sensitivity, subtly embellishing and detailing the pieces. Lovano: “We play together like an orchestra, creating an amazing tapestry. I brought in the material, but there’s an equal weight of contribution, creating music within the music, and harmonizing it in a really special way.” Trio Tapestry was recorded at New York’s Sear Sound studio in March 2018, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

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Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Scandal (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Scandal (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 1:06:36 minutes | 748 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Greenleaf Music

“Scandal” marks the first time that trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano have recorded a full studio album of material together, revealing a passionately adventurous band for whom no territory is off-limits. As on their live debut recording, Sound Prints features pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Joey Baron. The super group heads off into swinging, heartfelt and sophisticated new territory inspired by saxophonist giant Wayne Shorter. Two of Shorter’s pieces receive special treatment. A truly fantastic and original group playing new originals and music by Shorter.

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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Live At Monterey Jazz Festival (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Live At Monterey Jazz Festival (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48kHz  | Time – 00:51:53 minutes | 607 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Blue Note Records
Recorded live at Monterey Jazz Festival on September 21, 2013. Mixed at Sear Sound, New York, NY on December 18, 2013. Mastered at Battery Studios, New York, NY.

Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have announced an April 7 release date for Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, the debut recording from their co-led quintet Sound Prints featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Joey Baron. The album features the debut of two new compositions written for the band by the band’s primary inspiration: Wayne Shorter. Sound Prints will be performing at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York City on May 15 & 16 in The Appel Room as part of their Wayne Shorter Festival. Further tour dates will be announced shortly.

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Joe Lovano – Cross Culture (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Joe Lovano – Cross Culture (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 61:39 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Cross Culture is the newest work by GRAMMY Award-winning saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano. Lovano has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history.” The album marks his 23rd recording for Blue Note and his third consecutive release by his critically-acclaimed quintet, Us Five. Cross Culture features the band’s original line up of Francisco Mela, Otis Brown III, James Weidman, Esperanza Spalding and the newly recruited Peter Slavov, plus a special guest appearance by Lionel Loueke. Cross Culture is a stunning eleven-track album of ten Lovano originals along with a breathtaking rendition of Billy Strayhorn’s “Star Crossed Lovers.” The album fulfills Lovano’s lifelong dream to explore the notion of universal musical language.

Lexington Herald‘s Critics Choice – “There you have it, jazzers. We’re only a week into the new year and the bar for 2013 has already been set.” – Lexington Herald

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Paul Motian with Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano & Charlie Haden – Standards Plus One (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Paul Motian with Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano & Charlie Haden – Standards Plus One (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Time – 00:55:05 minutes | 620 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz| @ Winter & Winter GmbH

A masterfully subtle drummer and a superb colorist, Paul Motian was also an advanced improviser and a bandleader with a taste for challenging post-bop. Born Stephen Paul Motian in Philadelphia on March 25, 1931, he grew up in Providence and began playing the drums at age 12, eventually touring New England in a swing band. He moved to New York in 1955 and played with numerous musicians — including Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano, Coleman Hawkins, Tony Scott, and George Russell — before settling into a regular role as part of Bill Evans’ most famous trio (with bassist Scott LaFaro), appearing on his classics Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby. In 1963, Motian left Evans’ group to join up with Paul Bley for a year or so, and began a long association with Keith Jarrett in 1966, appearing with the pianist’s American-based quartet through 1977. In addition, Motian freelanced for artists like Mose Allison, Charles Lloyd, Carla Bley, and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Ensemble, and turned down the chance to be John Coltrane’s second drummer. In 1972, Motian recorded his first session as a leader, Conception Vessel, for ECM; he followed in 1974 with Tribute. He formed a regular working group in 1977 (which featured tenor Joe Lovano) and recorded several more dates for ECM, then revamped the ensemble to include guitarist Bill Frisell in 1980. Additional dates for ECM and Soul Note followed, and in 1988 Motian moved to JMT, where he recorded a long string of fine albums beginning with Monk in Motian. During the ’90s, he also led an ensemble called the Electric Bebop Band, which featured saxophonist Joshua Redman, guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel and Brad Shepik, and bassist Stomu Takeishi. In 1998, Motian signed on with the Winter & Winter label, where he began recording another steady stream of albums, including 2000 + One in 1999, Europe in 2001, and Holiday for Strings in 2002. In 2005, Motian moved to the ECM label, releasing I Have the Room Above Her that same year, followed by Garden of Eden in 2006 and Time and Time Again in 2007. In 2009, he released his fifth in his series of standards albums with On Broadway, Vol. 5 and returned in 2010 with the trio album Lost in a Dream on ECM. The following year, Motian released several albums including Consort in Motion, his exploration of Renaissance and Baroque composers on Kind of Blue, the concert album Live at Birdland on ECM, and Windmills of Your Mind featuring guitarist Bill Frisell on Winter & Winter. A hugely influential drummer, bandleader, composer, and a journeyman live performer, Motian died from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disorder, early in the morning on November 22, 2011 in New York City. He was 80 years old. The album Further Explorations featuring pianist Chick Corea and bassist Eddie Gomez appeared posthumously on Concord in January, 2012. ~ Steve Huey

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