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Joe Lovano “Us Five”

by The Staff on January 17, 2013


Grammy-winning sax man Joe Lovano is reason enough to wander over to the Swyer Theatre at the Egg on Sunday evening, but his “Us Five” collaboration make this show a can’t-miss.

The other musicians who make up the quintet—which just released an album—are pianist James Wiedman, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela.

Our minds are properly blown.

The New York Times described the sound these five make as “organic and basic, intense and casual.” And Philadelphia Weekly gave a “thumbs up” to the wide-ranging, free-spirited collaboration: “[Lovano’s] colleagues not only ‘go there’ with him, but they also create complex and compelling musical dialogues among themselves.”

Joe Lovano and his very special guests will perform at 7:30 PM on Sunday (Jan. 20) at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $29.50. For more info, call the box office at 473-1845.