One of the greatest honors of my career was when he called me to record with him on his record “Young Lions and Old Tigers” along with Roy Hargrove, Michael Brecker, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, James Moody, George Shearing, Jon Hendricks and Gerry Mulligan. It was 1995 to commemorate Dave’s 75th birthday and to my surprise he wrote a tune on the way to the studio for me. He called it “The Joe Lovano Tango” – a very hip modal piece that I was able to shape and express freely within. Dave was great to work with and very insightful. In the liner notes he says he finished my tune on the way to the studio in the car to New York from Connecticut. He explained the concept to me as not to play it as a typical tango but more as a comment on a tango and that I should feel free to take it any direction I want to go. I am very proud to have known Mr. Brubeck and to have his trust like that, having never played with him before that moment in the studio. He was a true Jazz Master !!! To be a part of his amazing recorded history is one of the great highlights of my life in music.
- Joe Lovano