JOE LOVANO
          Live at Village Vanguard
                  Recording Date:
                      January 22, 1995

                     Christian McBride B
                     Mulgrew Miller     P
                     Lewis Nash          D


Review by Scott Yanow
Named Jazz Album of the Year by readers of Downbeat Magazine, this double CD features tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano during two appearances at the Village Vanguard recorded ten months apart.  The second disc showcases Lovano in a more conventional quartet. The repertoire (just one original this time) covers John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Gordon Jenkins and finds the tenorman displaying his roots in Sonny Rollins. The rhythm section on the later date (pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash) is excellent at accompanying (rather than challenging) Lovano. Joe Lovano is heard in prime form, making this an easily recommended two-fer.

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