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Streams Of Expression by Joe Lovano

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Saxophonist/clarinetist Joe Lovano teamed up with arranger/conductor/educator Gunther Schuller on their 1995 disc, Rush Hour. On this date, Lovano's big and buoyant tenor sound fronts three trios and two Schuller-conducted large ensembles. The five-part title work is a third-stream, free-form shout-out to Lovano's influences, ranging from Eric Dolphy to Ornette Coleman. "Moon Dreams," "Move," and "Boplicity," are three movements from the immortal 1949-50 Miles Davis/Gil Evans Birth of the Cool sessions. Schuller, who played French horn on the original dates, illuminates those selections which his introductions, interludes, endings, and segues. The ebullient "Buckeyes" and "Blue Sketches" and the Ben Webster-dedicated blues "Big Ben," which features Lovano on the aulochrome, a new double-soprano saxophone, are the stand-alone tracks. "We're not just playing parts," Lovano writes in his liner notes, "we are creating music within the orchestration, shaping new arrangements as we go along." --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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listen  1. Streams of Expression - Streams (Pt. 1)10:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Streams of Expression - Cool (Pt II) 7:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Streams of Expression - Enchantment (Pt. III) 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Streams of Expression - Second Nature (Pt.IV) 6:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Streams of Expression - Fire Prophet (Pt. V) 6:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (December 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BLUE NOTE
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on August 16, 2006
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Joe Lovano is undoubtedly one of the premier sax voices of his generation. With Michael Brecker and David Murray, he stands head and shoulders above his peers.

Strangely, however (or maybe not so strangely; one need only look at the late career of, say, Sonny Rollins, to see genius gone awry), he seems to be struggling of late to find his proper MO. His last two quartet albums were certainly enjoyable enough, if not revelatory. Before that, he had a series of highly arranged discs (52nd Street Themes, Celebrating Sinatra, and Viva Caruso) that faltered, failing to present his outrageous chops and brilliant conception optimally. My favorite disc of his of late is Gathering of Spirits, a co-led session with Brecker and Dave Liebman.

This disc, which features many delights and should not be gainsaid, nevertheless continues the problematic trend. It seems to me that Lovano is going through a kind of final-Joe Henderson period, in which the late, great sax giant near the end of his life was subjected to a number of concept sessions that, fine as they were, came across as somewhat artificial--the Brazilian disc, the Miles tribute, the Strayhorn session, the big band date.

That said, the music here rings with huge authenticity and gravitas. Lovano simply rises above any strictures, however artificial, that may be put in his way. A kind of Third-Stream, Re-birth of the Cool date, this disc contains such remarkable arranging and playing that only a curmudgeon or jazz novice would complain. A kind of high point is reached on track ten, "The Fire Prophets," where the leader and altoist Steve Slagle engage in some righteous blowing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Battaglia on July 24, 2007
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As the liner notes explain, 9/11 may have put it on hold, but just like our country, the jihadist could not silence this wonderful jazz project designed to honor Miles Davis on his 75th birthday. Commissioned in 2001 by the Monterrey Jazz Festival the three-movement Birth of the Cool Suite arranged by the great Gunther Schuller was finally resurrected and recorded in 2005. And it was well worth the wait. This wonderful tribute music is contained in an expanded Joe Lovano "nonet" cd entitled Streams of Expressions. Lovano "expanded" it in two ways. First, for the BC Suite, Schuller added a flute chair and a clarinet-bass clarinet chair to Lovano's "Nonet". Next, Lovano created the "Lovano Ensemble" for this cd by the additon of the great Tim Hagans on trumpet and George Garzone on tenor.

In the past I have had a "problem" with tribute cds that re-write the original charts. For example Don Sebesky's Tribute to Duke Ellington called Joyful Noise and Bob Mintzer's tribute to Count Basie. Of course both of those cds won a Grammy (and both had John Riley and Dennis Irwin driving great NYC big bands). Once again I am proven wrong. Schuller "rearranging" of Gil Evans' charts is simply wonderful. His voicings on Boplicity will send shivers down your spine. Not only does he add woodwinds as noted above, Schuller's use of Lovano on ALTO clarinet, Slagle on soprano and LaLama on clarinet with Garzone and Smulyan anchoring on tenor and bari respectively provides harmonic sensual textures that will make you play them over and over again (it did it for me). Of course all the solos (everyone gets his chance) are creative and exciting.

Lewis Nash and Dennis Irwin must be `joined at the hip' (actually their musical minds and hearts are joined) by now and their playing here shows it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Lamperetta on January 27, 2007
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For many Miles Davis' 'Birth of the Cool' is a defining, desert-island favorite. Recorded during three sessions, two in 1949 and one in early '50, this record not only stands as one of the most auspicious debuts as a leader, it served as the template for what would become known as 'cool jazz,' a comparatively understated approach which flourished on the West Coast in the '50's as a stylistic contrast to the more fervent bop-infused styles which dominated the East Coast scene.

On French horn in Davis' nonet for that third session was Gunther Schuller, who has since gone on to earn acclaim as a composer and arranger, while also becoming one of the figures most associated with 'third stream' jazz (he coined the term) -- an extension of the cool style which also incorporates elements of classical music.

Consequently, when saxophonist Joe Lovano was commissioned to explore the music of this seminal recording, Schuller was an enlightened and obvious choice.

The ensuing 'Streams of Expression,' recently released on Blue Note, features Schuller's 'The Birth of the Cool Suite' as its centerpiece, both figuratively and literally as it is bookended by Lovano's own five-part suite 'Streams of Expression.'

Utilizing instrumentation that varies slightly from Davis', Schuller pays meticulous attention to detail as he integrates specific elements from the original performances and Gil Evans' legendary arrangements into a trio of tunes -- 'Moon Dreams,' 'Move' and 'Boplicity' -- from the original album.

Tying these together with his own 'Prelude,' 'Postlude' and two 'Interludes,' Schuller describes in the liner notes how he recast this small part of the genre's Holy Grail.
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