Joe Lovano releases the first great jazz album of 2013
By: Peter Margasak
The saxophonist Joe Lovano has regularly spoken of his malleable quintet Us Five as a band that’s capable of doing and playing anything, and on the group’s brand-new Cross Culture (Blue Note), its third album, that’s never seemed more apparent. The group tackles the Ellington/Strayhorn classic “Star Crossed Lovers,” but the other ten pieces are all Lovano originals-some of which he’s recorded previously in other contexts-yet they all feel more like superflexible settings or structures than rigid compositions, allowing the players great internal latitude.
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