Joe Lovano & Hank Jones: Alone Together
Joyous Encounter (Blue Note 63405)
Composed by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz.
Recorded: New York, September 8-9, 2004
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Seldom was a CD more aptly named. This is truly a Joyous Encounter. I would be hard pressed to name a tenor saxophonist of the current era who constructs better solos, phrase by phrase, than Joe Lovano, as he demonstrates again on this track. It is sheer aural pleasure to hear him in such an under-produced yet well-conceived setting. And if anyone knows how to accompany a reed player and contribute his own estimable solos, it is Hank Jones, who has backed (to name a few) Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Zoot Sims, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt and Johnny Hodges, over the years. What higher praise could one offer than to say that this new-millennium collaboration is worthy to stand alongside these earlier classics?
Reviewer: Ted Gioia