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Saxophone Summit was started by three excellent saxophonists who had integrated John Coltrane’s influence into their own sound: Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, and Joe Lovano. In 2004, the group — which included the rhythm section of pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Billy Hart — released Gathering of the Spirits. Brecker sadly passed away in 2007, but the group decided to keep the project going and Saxophone Summit’s second album, 2008’s Seraphic Light, which is dedicated to Brecker, features the same personnel, but with Ravi Coltrane filling in for the late saxophonist. (Trumpeter Randy Brecker, Michael’s brother, sits in on two tracks, and wrote the buoyant “Message to Mike.”) Each band member contributes a single composition to the album. Markowitz’s “Transitions” and Ravi Coltrane’s “The Thirteenth Floor” don’t shy away from either complexity or groove, and Hart’s “Reneda,” a piece by turns mysterious and mellow, also stands out, but all of the originals hold their own. Lovano’s autochrome (double soprano sax) solo on the title cut is startling.

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Not bad, but not as original as possible

As a fan of anything Coltrane and Lovano's earlier tunes, I would say that though this is interesting and 'sweet', it wasn't what I was expecting from Lovano necessarily. The somewhat religious tone of some of the songs (i.e Our Daily Bread, Alpha and Omega) seems to channel the tone of Coltrane's Psalms and Acknowledgement, but falls short of the gravity that he produced. A good attempt, but I think I'll stick to the originals.

Previews are misleading

The previews of many cuts sounded like the mellow, warm sax I was looking for. Once I bought it and could listen beyond the first minute most songs progress into lengthy explorations more like later Coltrane; variations of squeeks, honks and beeps. Could be great for someone wanting something more cerebral.


Born: December 29, 1952 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Active during a period of jazz history when it seemed radical innovation was a thing of the past, Joe Lovano nevertheless coalesced various stylistic elements from disparate eras into a personal and forward-seeking style. While not an innovator in a macro sense, Lovano has unquestionably charted his own path. His playing contains not an ounce of glibness, but possesses in abundance the sense of spontaneity that has always characterized the music's finest improvisers. Lovano doesn't adopt influences,...
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Saxophone Summit - Seraphic Light, Joe Lovano
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 03, 2008

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