A really great showcase for the budding talents of Joe
Lovano – heard here at a crucial point in his rise to glory on Blue Note! Joe
had already been blowing greatness on tenor for years before this set, but these Village Vanguard recordings put Lovano in the same heady space as Joe Henderson
or Sonny Rollins at the Vanguard on Blue Note – by really allowing a great sense of open, spontaneous expression that stands as a nice counterpoint to his well-conceived studio work – a very earnest demonstration of Lovano's rich talents as a saxophonist. Joe
plays soprano and C melody sax as well – and the group features always-great work on trumpet and flugelhorn from Tom Harrell, plus Anthony Cox on bass and Billy Hart on drums. Tracks include "Lonnies Lament", "Reflections", "Little Willie Leaps", "Sounds Of Joy", "This Is All I Ask", and "Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love".