Joe Lovano: Dewey Said


Dewey Said


Joe Lovano (tenor sax)


Village Rhythm (Soul Note 121182)

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Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Tom Harrell (trumpet), Kenny Werner (piano), Marc Johnson (bass), Paul Motian (drums).

Composed by Joe Lovano


Recorded: June 7-9, 1988


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

In explaining the origins of “Dewey Said,” a track from Joe Lovano’s second Soul Note release, Village Rhythm, the saxophonist explained that it “was written for both Miles Dewey Davis, and Dewey Redman. The first four bars are reminiscent of a phrase that reminded me of both of those cats.” Those justly inspired first four bars are encapsulated from quick solo bursts from Paul Motian, followed by a clamorous, clever, tuneful drum solo after the head. After a brief statement from Werner, Harrell enters with his clean and crisp, equal-parts-horizontal-and-vertical solo statement. Then Lovano enters at an already raised intensity level and delivers a statement complete with extended, across-the-changes lines and rhythmic unraveling through the altering of accents and/or riff placement within a measure, as evidenced by his run from about 3:40-3:55. As has become expected in Lovano’s world, the end of the solo climaxes with intense upper register screams, heightened by his ability to continue incorporating legit melodic moves while living up there in the stratosphere. A fine representation of early Lovano.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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