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Ornette Coleman at the SF Jazz Festival

John Scofield

John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and Al Foster-ScoLoHoFo-glided onto the Iridium’s stage with humbleness to accompany their collective greatness.

Lovano launched into “Oh!,” the title track to the band’s new Blue Note CD, on opening night with the tune’s distinctive middle-register introduction. Lovano soloed powerfully on the tune, even though the tension in his face seemed greater than the tension in his playing. His climaxes didn’t climax, but his tone-full and strong-opened like a tulip and snapped like a claw. He ran up and down scales like an athlete does stairs, shouting only when Foster’s shrill drums and Scofield’s piercing guitar clamored for it.

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