January 16, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Flying Colors

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Joe Lovano
Producers
Blue Note
genre
Jazz
We gave it a B+

JOE LOVANO AND GONZALO RUBALCABA Flying Colors (Blue Note) Other saxophonists settling comfortably into jazz stardom might start taking the easy route, but not our man Joe. Duetting with Rubalcaba, a prodigiously gifted Cuban pianist, Lovano keeps the mood spiky and adventurous. Well-chosen jazz standards and edgy originals are given searching interpretations that bristle with pungent and, at times, open-ended improvisation. B+

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