INTERVIEW: Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas Quintet Score Big with Wayne Shorter Composition

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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglass in the KUSP van. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

Joe Lovano & Dave Douglass in the KUSP van. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

Bassist Linda Oh, during the KUSP interview. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

Bassist Linda Oh, during the KUSP interview. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

Wayne Shorter composed a suite called “Sound Prints” for this fifty-sixth Monterey Jazz Festival. Rather than performing it himself, Shorter asked saxophonist Joe Lovano (the MJF Artist-in-Residence) and trumpeter Dave Douglas (the MJF Showcase Artist) to play the music. And they did. It sounded great, but it wasn’t easy. Just what it means to receive a musical score from Wayne Shorter and transform it into performance is the subject of the chat that Lovano, Douglas and bassist Linda Oh had with KUSP’s Larry Blood and Brett Taylor. So interesting was the chat, in fact, that it was all we could do to end the conversation and get the next concert – Prism, featuring bassist Dave Holland and guitarist Kevin Eubanks — on the air. Radio listeners heard the concert and the interview; you can listen to the interview again here.

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