Joyous Encounter

Joyous Encounter is a 2005 studio album by American jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano. The album features the same personnel as Lovano's 2004 recording I'm All For You; bassist George Mraz, drummer Paul Motian, and pianist Hank Jones.[5]

Joyous Encounter
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 10, 2005
RecordedSeptember 8–9, 2004
StudioAvatar Studios, NYC.
LabelBlue Note 7243 8 63405 2 8
ProducerJoe Lovano
Joe Lovano chronology
I'm All For You
Joyous Encounter
Streams of Expression
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[2]
The Guardian[3]


John Fordham, writing for The Guardian commented:: "This new set features more originals by Lovano and the Jones family (one from Hank, three from the late trumpet player Thad) and the same immaculate playing quality. Lovano is at his smoke-ring-blowing best on Autumn in New York, and he amiably swerves and feints on his own fast-bop Bird's Eye View. With Oliver Nelson's obliquely funky, deviously modulating blues Six and Four and John Coltrane's slowly explosive Crescent, the set probably even has a bit more bounce and energy to it than last year's version".[3] Paul Olson of All About Jazz noted: "With the passing of Jones' other brother, Elvin, it's no outrageous statement to call Motian the greatest living jazz drummer: one suspects he could be given only one cymbal—a cracked one at that—and still be the answer to any jazz combo's prayers. Octogenarian Jones plays with confidence, swing, and florid precision. Mraz is the least assuming player here, usually content to hold down the beat, but his melodic, sure-handed solos (as on, say, "Pannonica") make as strong a statement as the other three. Lovano himself plays majestically throughout. This group has phenomenal chemistry."[2]

Track listing

  1. "Autumn in New York" (Vernon Duke) – 10:00
  2. "Bird's Eye View" (Lovano) – 5:28
  3. "Don't Ever Leave Me" (Thad Jones) – 3:45
  4. "Alone Together" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 5:24
  5. "Six and Four" (Oliver Nelson) – 5:30
  6. "Pannonica" (Thelonious Monk) – 8:05
  7. "Consummation" (Hank Jones) – 5:00
  8. "Quiet Lady" (Thad Jones) – 5:25
  9. "Joyous Encounter" (Lovano) – 4:17
  10. "A Child Is Born" (Thad Jones) – 7:08
  11. "Crescent" (John Coltrane) – 6:40



  1. "Joyous Encounter". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  2. OLSON, PAUL (May 3, 2005). "Joe Lovano: Joyous Encounter". All About Jazz. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  3. Fordham, John (27 May 2005). "Joe Lovano, Joyous Encounter". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  4. Layman, Will (9 May 2005). "Joe Lovano: Joyous Encounter". PopMatters. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. "Joe Lovano – Joyous Encounter". Discogs. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
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