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Bird Songs by Joe Lovano
Released: Jan 2011
Label: Blue Note Records
The famed tenor sax veteran leads his exciting young band in an exploration of the music of Charlie Parker. Not presenting the famed bop tunes as replicas, Lovano is a true artist on his own terms. There is a lyricism and melodic pull to Lovano's work that just sounds so "right": His inspired solos come out as pure music instead of intellectual chord runs. Pianist James Wheidman and bassist Esperanza Spalding are in sync with drummers Francisco Mela and Otis Brown III, who play like one amazing percussionist and not two warring musicians. This marks Lovano's 20th year recording for Blue Note.
Nick Dedina

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