Joe Lovano: Fort Worth
Joe Lovano (tenor sax)
Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note 29125)
Composed by Joe Lovano.
Recorded: The Village Vanguard, New York, March 12, 1994
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Fort Worth was the birthplace of Ornette Coleman, and this recording is an exultant birthday tribute for the avant-garde master who turned 64 a few days before it was made. “Fort Worth” is one of Lovano’s most memorable compositions, and the saxophonist shows his rare ability to combine the tartness of ‘free jazz’ with the sweet swing of the mainstream tradition. His lines push and pull against the drone harmony, and engage in a telling dialogue with Harrell’s horn. Many great performances have graced the stage of the Village Vanguard, but this top-notch outing by the Lovano quartet ranks among the finest.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia