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Why is Joe Lovano's retrobop revival record different from all the other retrobop revival records? Because 52nd Street Themes, which is dominated by five Tadd Dameron tunes, shakes off the musty museum reverence of such efforts and makes a very personal statement. Lovano's two most influential mentors in his native Cleveland--his father Tony and the album's arranger Willie "Face" Smith--both played with Dameron. So when Lovano plays a Dameron piece, he's not merely studying history, he's expressing the emotional debt of a son to a father, of a student to a teacher. Moreover, the saxophonist and leader has the kind of thick, creamy tone that does justice to the seductive melodies created by Dameron, Thelonious Monk, and Billy Strayhorn. And yet Lovano is a thorough modernist; no sooner does he evoke these old tunes than he pulls them apart and puts them back together again. There are seven nonet pieces (with Smith's wonderful, Mingus-like horn charts), two sextets, a quartet, a trio, a duo, and an unaccompanied sax solo. This is what Lester Young might have sounded like had he lived long enough to become David Murray. --Geoffrey Himes

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004SQ28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First off...I am NOT a JAZZ historian/expert..just a lover of great music. I have appreciated Lovanos playing with others (Scofield) but have yet to get a release by the man himself that i haven't traded in. I do not know why I even bought this ..because it looked like it might be an over the top blowing session and I am more interested in melody and swing. AM I GLAD i took the chance..this is a WONDERFUL collection.
The arrangements as stated by the Amazon reviewer are absolutely swingin and classy...never cluttered. Lovanos playing seems more emotional and less concerned with virtuosity than on previous outings. A great recording gets better with repeated listenings and this certainly qualifies...This will STAY in my collection with my Monk , Mingus and Miles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Mathis on June 17, 2000
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I know that it's not a good idea to put new wine in old wineskins, however, old wine in new wine skins is often grand. So it is with this disc. Joe Lovano has taken themes which over the years have taken on a life of their own, along with a few of his own originals, and has given them fresh new skins to wear. The stelar cast assembled for this date, obviously loves the material. You can almost see the smiles on their faces as they play. Lovano's production also deserves special note here. It is crisp and clean and really makes for a pleasent listening experience. Tadd Dameron's tunes in particular seem to shine. This is a disc that I absolutly recommend, if for nothing else, for the simple joy of it all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Jeter on May 21, 2000
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I am of the opinion that Joe Lovano and Michael Brecker ( not on this CD ) are the best sax men in jazz today. Two years ago I would have placed Kenny Garrett at the top but in light of the direction he has gone lately I have changed my view. Joe has done an album in a somewhat traditional vein with a big band flavor but stays cutting edge enough to satisfy people who like their jazz progressive. Fans of bop will really get into this. Actually , any jazz fan will like this recording. A killer CD.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "ornen" on July 29, 2000
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Joe Lovano delivers his best album so far, and that says a lot! This time Lovano focuses on the music of the forties and fifties, but as usual interprets it in his own way, along with a band that sounds so great you just end up playing the record over and over. Lovano, whose playing is rooted in the bebop tradition, here pays homage to his roots, and with so much heart and beauty and wit!
This is easily going to be among the absolute top jazz albums of the year!
If you're looking for beauty, classic elegance, lush arrangements, swing, cool phrasing, great songs and originality, look no further. Lovano is the man, and this is the album.
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