Joe Lovano


Born: Dec 29, 1952 in Cleveland, OH
Genres: Jazz
Styles: Hard Bop, Post-Bop
Instruments: Sax (Tenor), Sax (Soprano)

Active during a period of jazz's history when it seems radical innovation is a thing of the past, Joe Lovano nevertheless coalesces various stylistic elements from disparate eras into a personal and forward-seeking style. While not an innovator in a macro sense, Lovano has unquestionably charted his own path. Lovano received a number of Grammy nominations for his work on Blue Note. His 1996 album, Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note), was named "Jazz Album of the Year" by readers of Downbeat Magazine.

His playing contains not an ounce of glibness, but possesses in abundance the sense of spontaneity that's always characterized the music's finest improvisers. Lovano doesn't adopt influences—he absorbs them, so that when playing a standard, he exudes the same sense of abandon as when playing totally free (which, it should be pointed out, he does well, if infrequently). 's most significant achievement is his incorporation of free and modal expressive devices into traditional chord-change improvisation.