Joe Lovano: Trioism
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Joe Lovano: Trioism

Trio Fascination with Bill Frisell & Tyshawn Sorey
Trio Tapestry with Marilyn Crispell & Carmen Castaldi

Fri, Mar 15 2019 | 7:30 PM
Miner Auditorium
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Lovano’s magic touch in a trio setting is highlighted in this double bill including the latest iteration of his pianoless Trio Fascination project featuring longstanding collaborator Bill Frisell on guitar and MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient Tyshawn Sorey on drums, and Lovano’s new Trio Tapestry with piano maverick Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi. Bandmates for nearly four decades in groups led by the late drumming giant Paul Motian, including a trio that recorded extensively for the Soul Note, JMT, and ECM labels, Lovano and Frisell have built a telepathic level of communication that moves effortlessly from aching expressions of longing to jagged, pointillistic abstractions and back. The inclusion of Sorey is a masterstroke, matching the veteran collaborators note-for-note in dynamics, intensity, and expressiveness. The new trio with renowned Bay Area-based composer and improviser Crispell ushers Lovano’s muse into uncharted territory, held together with the masterful playing of Castaldi, whose association with Lovano goes back to their student days at Berklee College of Music. Full of evocative melodicism and impressionistic moods, the band's self-titled ECM debut was released in January.

ABOUT JOE LOVANO
Described by DownBeat magazine as “the titan among us,” GRAMMY Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano is one of the era’s definitive improvisers and bandleaders. A Cleveland native born to a family of musicians, he began on alto saxophone at five. Cutting his professional teeth with the bands of Woody Herman and Mel Lewis, Lovano has become the most acclaimed saxophonist and composer in modern jazz, winning a 2010 triple crown in the DownBeat Critics Poll for Jazz Artist of the Year, Tenor Saxophonist, and Jazz Group for his Us Five quintet. He had long-term collaborations with the late drummer Paul Motian and guitarist John Scofield, and has performed with innumerable jazz greats including Jim Hall, Elvin Jones, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Charlie Haden. A prolific bandleader, Lovano has released nearly 30 albums including 20 for Blue Note alone — more than any other living artist. He was a member of the SFJAZZ Collective from 2007–2009, and was a recipient of both a Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Berklee.

Bill Frisell is the Clark Kent of the electric guitar. Soft-spoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he straps on his guitar.

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Bill Frisell is the Clark Kent of the electric guitar. Soft-spoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he straps on his guitar.

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Personnel

TRIO FASCINATION
Joe Lovano tenor saxophone
Bill Frisell guitar
Tyshawn Sorey drums

TRIO TAPESTRY
Joe Lovano
tenor saxophone
Marilyn Crispell piano
Carmen Castaldi drums

The prodigious multi-instrumentalist and composer transcends the borders of jazz, classical, and experimental music.

The New Yorker (on Tyshawn Sorey)

Personnel

TRIO FASCINATION
Joe Lovano tenor saxophone
Bill Frisell guitar
Tyshawn Sorey drums

TRIO TAPESTRY
Joe Lovano
tenor saxophone
Marilyn Crispell piano
Carmen Castaldi drums

The prodigious multi-instrumentalist and composer transcends the borders of jazz, classical, and experimental music.

The New Yorker (on Tyshawn Sorey)

Watch & Listen

Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian

Light Blue

Trio Tapestry

Seeds of Change

Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian

Light Blue

Trio Tapestry

Seeds of Change