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Issue # 2 September 2010
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Gil Fagiani


Joe Lovano at Lincoln Center

He lumbers on stage, an albino bear,
eyes blackened with circular shades,
hair standing up like cardboard,
holding a burnished silver saxophone
with a knobby mic on its lip.

Bouncing on his toes, he fumbles
with the sheet music, slips the embouchure
into his mouth, blows a low G
that howls in the bowels,
raises the sax like a sledgehammer,
smashing motifs and melodies
into a Milky Way of after-tones.