March 2- 8, 2006
musicpicksJoe Lovano Quartet
Joe Lovano is probably getting restless. His latest Blue Note release, Joyous Encounter (2005), is his second album in a row with a quartet featuring piano legend Hank Jones. And two discs in two years with the same band is a near-eternity in Lovano years. The Cleveland-born tenorist releases with the regularity of Woody Allen, knocking out an album a year on average since 1990, on top of innumerable guest shots and sideman gigs. But unlike the Woodman, Lovano is consistently worth hearing, and while his concepts are often head-scratchers at first (including tributes to Sinatra and Caruso, an album of bop tunes), his deep purr seems infinitely adaptable. Coming from a band in which the 52-year-old tenor was the most junior member by eight years, Lovano has assembled a young quartet, mostly culled from his own stomping grounds at Berklee.
Fri., March 3, 8 p.m., $21, Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., 215-569-8080, www.pcmsconcerts.org.