Don't Blame Me
Label: Blue Note Records
The tenor sax titan has always had a sumptuous way of melting into ballads, so it's surprising that he hasn't recorded a romantic set until now. Like Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz, Lovano builds narratives, not notes. The music he makes is so beautiful you won't even notice when he departs completely from the famous melodies. Noted balladeer Hank Jones sits in on piano.