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Aldo Romano/Joe Lovano: Ten Tales

Ten Tales (Sunnyside) features the spontaneous outpourings of drummer Aldo Romano and tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. Recorded in a Paris studio in 1989, the album parses one 90-minute improvisation into 10 discrete and surprisingly self-contained tracks. Melody is never far from the forefront here, thanks to Lovano’s deep lyricism and Romano’s easygoing pulse; even their most abstract excursions, like a bristling “Dragons Are,” seem rooted in song. Drawing equally from the lexicon of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, Lovano strikes an imploring chord that suffuses the length of the album.

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