Stormy Mondays: Let’s Talk About Sax

Every few weeks I change the answer: If played an instrument, I would play freaky _____. And often enough I come back to the sax. There are times when I’m listening to Trane, say I Want to Talk About You, a tune that’s we’ve featured here a couple times, and think, that’s what the human voice really sounds like.

No Trane this week, but we’ll start in his house with a cut from McCoy Tyner’s McCoy Tyner Quartet, a killer live release taken from a New Year’s Eve show in 2006. The band features Christian McBride, Jeff Watts and Joe Lovano on sax, a prolific musician who is quickly becoming one of the most highly regarded players around. Together with Tyner they offer Sama Layuca, a dramatic and expansive piece worth hearing over and over.

Next up is Charles Lloyd with Eric Harland on the kit and Zakir Hussain on tabla- quite a trio. From the 2006 release Sangam comes a wonderfully fluid and mystifying number, Hymn to the Mother. And closing out this weeks’ Stormy Monday is Jay Rodriguez covering The Duo’s Abduction Pose with none other than Marco and Joe as his band. This is still one of my all time favorite Duo performances- an absolute must hear with stunning playing all around, especially that left handed bass work from Benevento. As always, enjoy!

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  1. Joe Lovano – “quickly becoming one of the most highly regarded players around”?? He’s already BEEN one of the most prolific and highly regarded players around for about 25 years! He’s no up-and-comer at all.

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