Folk Art (album)

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Folk Art
Folk Art - Joe Lovano.jpg
Studio album by Joe Lovano Us Five
Released 2009
Recorded November 18–19, 2008
Genre Jazz, post-bop
Label Blue Note
Producer Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano Us Five chronology
Folk Art
Bird Songs
(2011)Bird Songs2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Folk Art is the twenty-first studio album by American saxophonist Joe Lovano, released on Blue Note Records in 2009. The album was well-received by critics, scoring 84% on six reviews in Metacritic which means "universal acclaim".[3]


For the recording of Folk Art Lovano formed a new band he called Us Five, featuring rising star Esperanza Spalding on bass and pianist James Weidman, who accompanied vocalists Abbey Lincoln and Cassandra Wilson, and (like Wilson) was associated with the M-Base collective. With Francisco Mela and Otis Brown III two drummers completed the unusual quintet. It was the first album with compositions exclusively written by Lovano. With the liberated spirit of the 1960s avant-garde and the subsequent loft scene in mind, the interpretations ought to be "loose and joyous".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Joe Lovano.

Standard Edition
No. Title Length
1. "Powerhouse" 4:04
2. "Folk Art" 10:06
3. "Wild Beauty" 7:17
4. "Us Five" 8:09
5. "Song for Judi" 5:46
6. "Drum Song" 8:30
7. "Dibango" 6:44
8. "Page 4" 5:52
9. "Ettenro" 8:12



  1. ^ "FOLK ART by Joe Lovano Us Five". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Folk Art at AllMusic
  3. ^ "FOLK ART by Joe Lovano Us Five". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Folk Art on Lovano's homepage.

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