With artists like Norway's In the Country and Sweden's EST reinventing the contemporary piano trio, it's no surprise to hear Reggie Washington turn the traditional sax/bass/drums trio on its side. Washington, a long-time collaborator with M-Base artists past and present, including Steve Coleman, Cassandra Wilson and Andy Milne, manages to both respect tradition and reinvigorate it on A Lot of Love, Live!.
Saxophone trios tend to be either mainstream affairs which maintain harmonic movement through implication, or freewheeling efforts with little, if any, safety net. Washington's approach on this set culled from two different tours with two different trios isn't ...read more
Reggie Washington leads two trios here, and among the few things they have in common are a common instrumental lineup and the fact that they both serve up ample evidence of how much life there is left in the free-bop continuum. Washington also serves notice of how musical strands from outside the jazz tradition can be utilised in the service of music that exists beneath its umbrella.
Thus the fatback funk of Reuben's 2 Train" allows tenor player Ravi Coltrane the opportunity to show the depth of his musical personality; at the same time Washington proves how much more effective ...read more