Joe Lovano: Sound Prints
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Joe Lovano
SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director

Joe Lovano: Sound Prints

APR 23–26 | SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Joe Lovano

Apr 23, 2020
Miner Auditorium
ThuApr 23
7:30 PM

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Described by DownBeat magazine as “one of the foremost ensembles in jazz,” the Sound Prints quintet – co-led by Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas – is smart and loose, rambunctious and risk-taking. At SFJAZZ, the group will honor the great saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, whose unconstrained, “anything is possible” approach to improvisation has inspired the quintet since its founding in 2013.

That year, the Monterey Jazz Festival commissioned Shorter to compose a pair of tunes for Sound Prints, which premiered them at the summer festival. Titled “Destination Unknown” and “To Sail Beyond the Sunset,” Shorter’s compositions set the stage for the quintet’s joyful and searching explorations of its growing repertoire. Whether playing its arrangements of 1960s classics by Shorter (“Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum,” “JuJu”) or its own originals, the group “burns hot, swings hard and showcases” its leaders’ “unmistakably vivid personalities,” DownBeat adds. As members of the SFJAZZ Collective during the 2008-09 season – when the all-star octet arranged and recorded a batch of Shorter’s best-known tunes – Lovano and Douglas seemed to read one another’s musical minds. That simpatico relationship has deepened through the years, and it now characterizes the connection between the five members of Sound Prints. In Joey Baron, the group boasts one of the most exuberant and swinging drummers of the past 35 years. Bassist Linda May Han Oh, a veteran of Pat Metheny’s bands, is strikingly original; soloing on “To Sail Beyond the Sunset” at the Monterey festival, she “seemed to be moving the song’s building blocks around, fashioning something sturdy and new” (San Jose Mercury News). Pianist Lawrence Fields, who studied under Lovano years ago at the Berklee College of Music, is one of the saxophonist’s go-to collaborators, capable of playing bebop or free. All in all, this exceptional quintet embodies Shorter’s “audacity and innovation,” says JazzTimes. It honors the jazz tradition and embraces the unexpected – sailing beyond the sunset toward unknown destinations.

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As members of the SFJAZZ Collective during the 2008-09 season – when the all-star octet arranged and recorded a batch of Shorter’s best-known tunes – Lovano and Douglas seemed to read one another’s musical minds.

An urbane, on-the-fly counterpoint brimming with crooked urgency.

The New York Times

An urbane, on-the-fly counterpoint brimming with crooked urgency.

The New York Times

Personnel

Joe Lovano tenor saxophone
Dave Douglas trumpet
Lawrence Fields piano
Linda May Hahn Oh bass
Joey Baron drums

One of the foremost ensembles in jazz.

DownBeat

Personnel

Joe Lovano tenor saxophone
Dave Douglas trumpet
Lawrence Fields piano
Linda May Hahn Oh bass
Joey Baron drums

One of the foremost ensembles in jazz.

DownBeat

Watch & Listen

Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Quintet

Fee Fi Fo Fum

Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Quintet

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Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Quintet

Fee Fi Fo Fum

Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Quintet

The Corner Tavern