REVIEW in KCMetropolis: Joe Lovano & Us Five

Filling the historic Folly Theatre with brilliant riffs and prolonged melodic concepts, Joe Lovano and Us Five were the latest installment for the Folly Jazz Series. Lovano has a heady, esoteric style of building sound, but his eclectic background meant Saturday’s performance was interspersed with Latin, swing, and bebop influences, allowing for accessible moments throughout the concert. Us Five was comprised of Joe Lovano on saxophones, James Wiedman on piano, Otis Brown III on drums, Steve Williams on drums (that’s right—two drummers!), and Petar Slavov on bass.


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