Review: Dave Douglas / Joe Lovano Soundprints
By: Sebastian Scotney
In the corporate world and in business schools there is an endless debate as to whether a dual CEO arrangement can ever work. (if I’ve put you off with this irrelevance read Ivan Hewett’s succinct and spot-on review – or John Fordham’s thoughtful five-star-er ).Perhaps, as in many areas of life, jazz can be allowed to lead the way, and show how unselfishness and respect can make things work. The mutual trust between Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas is palpable. They both compose for this band, they introduce each other generously, each listens intently to what the other plays, but above all they leave space. In fact Joe Lovano’s playing in this band gives true expression to that phrase of the veteran baroque ‘cellist and teacher Anner Bylsma: “ a rest is never nothing.” Lovano built a whole solo around rests. When he chose – theatrically, at the last split-second – to leave another idea unsaid rather than said, you could see the expression of sheer glee light up his face. It makes the listener appreciate all the more the sheer presence and humanity of his saxophone sound as it returns.
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