|The Dave Douglas Quintet with Joe Lovano and Joey Baron by John Whiting|
Jazz journalist and author Dan Ouellette (whose new biography of Bruce Lundvall, "Playing by Ear," is forthcoming) did his best to stump Joe Lovano, a genial man with an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz. In among guessing the saxophonists on recordings Ouellette had chosen, Lovano shared stories of people he had known, admired, and worked with. He told us what Steve Lacy had once told him: "I don't want to make a record that sells a million copies. I want to make a million records and sell one copy of each." After he had correctly identified Chris Potter as the overdubbed soloist on a recording no one in the room had ever heard, Ouellette asked, "How did you come up with Chris Potter?" Lovano replied, a bit testily, "I wasn't guessing."
|Joe Lovano and Dan Oullette by John Whiting|
|The Relatives by John Whiting|
|Charnette Moffett by John Whiting|
|Craig Taborn by John Whiting|
|Craig Taborn, Chris Lightcap, Dave King and Chris Speed by John Whiting|
In the Arena, Joe Lovano and the Dave Douglas Quintet were premiering two Wayne Shorter compositions commissioned by the Festival, "To Sail Beyond the Sunset" and "Destination Unknown." We heard the closing moments, soaring and celebratory, and a solo by bassist Linda Oh that drew shouts from the crowd. Tonight's quintet included Joey Baron on drums.
|Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Joey Baron and Joe Lovano by John Whiting|
|Dave Holland's Prism by John Whiting|
Someone behind us said, "I had no idea what this guy does. This is awesome." It was all so sincere and heartfelt, so relaxed and easy; McFerrin in jeans and a casual shirt, his gray dreads loose, going where the spirit led. At the end, he sent us off into the night with these words: "Promise me now: at least one Hallelujah a day."
|Bobby McFerrin by John Whiting|