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Joe Lovano Covers Getz’s Focus

Saxophonist Joe Lovano’s little-known stint playing Gene Simmons in a KISS cover band just didn’t work out. He isn’t a bassist and he couldn’t stand the leather and makeup. His tongue is better used on the reed than it is as a gimmick anyway. But Lovano (pictured) hasn’t lost the let’s-salute-great-artists vibe.

At 8:15 p.m. on Mon., Apr. 29 Lovano and the Berklee String Orchestra will take to the Berklee Performance Center’s stage and play Stan Getz’s favorite album, Focus, an album Getz recorded himself in 1961. Stan always did like himself a whole lot, or so I’ve heard. I’ll be damned if he couldn’t blow a controlled, melodic line through a tenor like no other, however, so his egotism was justified.

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