Tones, Shapes & Colors

Tones, Shapes & Colors is the debut live album by the American jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano recorded in 1985 and released on the Italian Soul Note label.[1]

Tones, Shapes & Colors
Live album by
RecordedNovember 21, 1985
VenueJazz Center of New York City
LabelSoul Note
ProducerGiovanni Bonandrini
Joe Lovano chronology
Tones, Shapes & Colors
Hometown Sessions


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars stating "None of the tunes are simple or based on the chords of standards, but although they did not catch on, the interplay by the musicians, the excellent pacing of tempos and moods, and the consistently satisfying solos make this a set worth searching for".[2]

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Track listing

All compositions by Joe Lovano except as indicated
  1. "Chess Mates" (Ken Werner) - 8:59
  2. "Compensation" (Werner) - 12:33
  3. "La Louisiane" - 4:19
  4. "Tones, Shapes and Colors" - 5:36
  5. "Ballad for Trane" (Werner) - 10:24
  6. "In the Jazz Community" - 9:44
  7. "Nocturne" - 7:32

* Recorded at the Jazz Centre of New York City on November 21, 1985



  1. Soul Note discography. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  2. Yanow, S. Allmusic Review. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
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