Joe Lovano Joyous Encounter (Blue Note) This is very much a part two to Lovano's acclaimed 2004 ballad collection, I'm All for You. Joyous Encounter, which features the same quartet of Lovano, Hank Jones, George Mraz and Paul Motian, even begins with an unused arrangement left over from that project - a glorious reading of Autumn in New York. There are more Lovano originals this time, but once again there are interpretations of themes by Thelonious Monk and Thad Jones, and for the second time a Coltrane composition closes the set - Countdown last time around, Crescent this. You can hardly blame Lovano for sticking with a winning formula. The last album sold well, and given that pianist Jones - the last surviving Jones brother, with Thad and Elvin both gone - will be 87 next month, he presumably wants to get as much of their partnership on record as he can while the going's good. It is, fortunately, very good. Jones plays like a man less than half his age, with a freshness that belies his vast experience and musical depth. Motian and Mraz are also on wonderful form. Lovano's breathy tenor is heard to advantage on the ballads - Autumn, Alone Together, Pannonica, Quiet Lady and A Child is Born - but there is plenty of more energetic stuff. Bird's Eye View and Joyous Encounter showcase Lovano's bebop side. Thad Jones' Don't Ever Leave Me and Hank's Consummation are taken at a brisk clip. Six and Four reminds us of his gift for playing unpredictable blues, while Crescent, included as a tribute to Elvin Jones, who drummed on the Coltrane original, captures all its turbulent power.