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Trio 3: Visiting Texture

Read "Visiting Texture" reviewed by John Sharpe

For a band whose moniker puts such emphasis on the number of its participants, another release featuring the core threesome of saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille has been a long time coming. Not since the outstanding Time Being (Intakt, 2007) in fact, with subsequent albums matching them with an eye catching parade of pianistic talent in Irene Schweizer, Geri Allen, Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer. But once back to basics, they certainly ...

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Trio 3 + Geri Allen: Celebrating Mary Lou Williams (Live at Birdland New York)

Read "Celebrating Mary Lou Williams (Live at Birdland New York)" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These modern jazz VIPs render a synchronized attack that incites a harmonious mélange of mainstream, progressive, and free-jazz during this homage to legendary pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams. One of the mainstays and redeeming traits of this live program relates to the musicians' inimitable styles amid their technical faculties and keen interpretative powers. With a consortium of diverse approaches, the trio merges jazz boogie-woogie with swing and gutsy solos on Williams' “New Musical Express." Alto saxophonist ...


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