Universal Language (Joe Lovano album)

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Universal Language
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Studio album by
Released1992
RecordedJune 26–28, 1992
StudioSkyline Studios (NYC)
Genre Jazz
Length65:22
Label Blue Note
Producer Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano chronology
From the Soul
(1991)
Universal Language
(1992)
Tenor Legacy
(1993)

Universal Language is an album by the American jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano recorded in 1992 and released on the Blue Note label. [1]

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Reception

The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Universal Language is one of Joe Lovano's most ambitious and successful albums, an attempt to prove the cliché that music is indeed the universal language... It's an unabashedly adventurous and risky project, and it works frighteningly well". [2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Tom Hull B [5]
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Track listing

All compositions by Joe Lovano except as indicated
  1. "Luna Park" - 5:09
  2. "Sculpture" - 9:04
  3. "Josie and Rosie" - 6:48
  4. "This Is Always" (Harry Warren) - 5:13
  5. "Worship" - 4:55
  6. "Cleveland Circle" - 4:58
  7. "The Dawn of Time" - 7:25
  8. "Lost Nations" - 6:23
  9. "Hypnosis" - 6:13
  10. "Chelsea Rendez-Vous" - 9:14

Personnel

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References

  1. Joe Lovano discography accessed July 21, 2011
  2. 1 2 Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed July 21, 2011
  3. Larkin, Colin. "The Encyclopedia of Popular Music". p. 3334. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  4. Swenson, John (1999). The Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide . Random House. Retrieved 3 March 2020. Rush Hour (Joe Lovano album).
  5. "Tom Hull: Grade List: Joe Lovano". Tom Hull . Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 910. ISBN   978-0-141-03401-0.