archetypal form, distilled into a crystalline performance. “Don’t Ever Leave Me” is calmer and more of a groove centered performance. Jones sets the pace and Lovano follows suit, in a well-controlled and precise solo statement, floating above the meticulous rhythm accompaniment. They develop “I’m All For You” into a full-blown ballad, with very lush and romantic chords from Jones guiding Lovano to a luxurious and classical sound. It may be jazz from central casting, but the music played is of the highest order. The simpatico relationship between Lovano and Jones is on display here but so is a beautiful bass solo and wonderfully feathered brushes. The finish the album with the barn burning “Six and Four” where an imperious groove from the rhythm section sets Lovano free to take an epic solo that covers blues, bop and beyond in a particularly crowd pleasing fashion. Nash is also featured, taking an impressive drum solo and trading phrases with the leader. This was a fine album, and it’s hard not to share the crowd’s enthusiasm for an extraordinary group playing at the peak of their powers. Classic: Live at Newport - amazon.com
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