Trio 3: Open Ideas (2002)
There’s a staggering amount of knowledge and history on display here. Bassist Workman's "Y2 Chaos," for example, is an intricate, twisting blues in the tradition of Thelonious Monk, with whom Workman briefly played in the late '60s; while his "Prophet's Path," with its plaintive, spiritual overtones, recalls his work with Coltrane. Cyrille, arguably the leading free-jazz drummer on the scene, shows another side of his personality with "Casino," a clever meditation on gambling with a hip spoken vocal reminiscent of beat poetry. Lake, the World Saxophone Quartet mainstay, contributes a pair of complex, somewhat serpentine compositions and plenty of explosive alto sax improvisation. While the trio's roots stretch back to the free-jazz movement of the '60s (Cyrille spent years as Cecil Taylor’s drummer) and none of its members has ever shied away from tackling difficult music, this set makes for highly accessible, though challenging, listening. Not just for avant-gardists, Open Ideas is recommended for all those with open ears.
This review first appeared in the June 2002 issue of All About Jazz: New York .
Track Listing: 1. Casino (Cyrille) - 6:28 2. Hooray for Herbie (Waldron) - 6:27 3. Open Ideas (Cyrille/Lake/Workman) - 5:46 4. Y2 Chaos (Workman) - 5:24 5. Prophet's Path (Workman) - 8:14 6. Valley Sketch (Lake) - 3:50 7. Willow Song (Workman) - 4:24 8. 5-4-3-2 (Cyrille) - 6:05 9. Dance 2 (Lake) - 3:57
Personnel: Andrew Cyrille - Cymbals, Drums Oliver Lake - Saxophone Reggie Workman - Bass
Record Label: Palmetto Records