From Joe Lovano:
This was not only my first trio recording as a leader, but the first time I played with the great Ed Blackwell. I wrote all the tunes for the session with Blackwell in mind, because he's been a great inspiration through the years. Blackwell's sound, touch, ideas, execution and personality all came through when he played. He was an amazing improviser and always created a very complete dialogue with you.
The title, Sounds of Joy, is what I felt from Blackwell from all the music I heard him play through the years. Strength and Courage I wrote for him because that was his essence. He endured many years of kidney problems. In fact, he was one of the longest surviving dialysis patients, pioneering a technique where you could travel and do the procedure at different hospitals on the road.
I played with Blackwell for two years, when we recorded this, and my first gig at the Village Vanguard. Like me, Anthony Cox, the bassist, was playing with John Scofield s group at the time.
The Lovano date is a tour de force. In, out, the blues, ballads, the man from Cleveland has it all covered, from A to Z and beyond. Bret Primack --Jazz Times