Think Before You Think

Think Before You Think

by Bill Stewart


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The main reason to obtain Think Before You Think is the prominently featured tenor sax of Joe Lovano, who was a year away from recording for Blue Note when the acoustic post-bop/hard bop session was done in 1989. This isn't to take anything away from leader Bill Stewart -- a competent, swinging drummer -- or his other sidemen on the album: acoustic pianist Mark Cohen (an admirer of Bill Evans and Chick Corea) and the distinguished, risk-taking bassist Dave Holland. But it is Lovano's contributions that stand out the most. Whether being cerebral on Holland's moody "Processional" and the angular "Dewey Said" (Lovano's ode to saxman Dewey Redman) or melancholy and remorseful on the standard "Goodbye," Lovano never fails to play with soul and conviction. The saxman lays out on Cohen's impressionistic "Rain," and the piano trio's memorable performance lets us know that this would have been a worthwhile album even if Lovano hadn't participated. But thankfully, he was around to help make Think Before You Think (which first came out on the Japanese Jazz city label and was reissued by Evidence in 1998) the decent offering that it is.

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Release Date: 03/17/1998
Label: Evidence
UPC: 0730182220223
catalogNumber: 22202

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