Monday, February 27, 2017

Trio 3: Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman & Oliver Lake - Visiting Texture (INTAKT RECORDS 2017)

Among other things, Visiting Texture illustrates the principle of addition by subtraction. Its the first studio album by Trio 3 as an actual trio with Oliver Lake on alto saxophone, Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums  in more than a decade, since the excellent Time Being in 2006. The intervening years have seen the group work powerfully with some serious guest pianists: notably Geri Allen, Irene Schweizer, Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran.

But theres a specific character to the groups trilateral rapport, which finds full expression here. The working history among these musicians stretches back several decades, rooted in an ideal of collectivity and intuition: their motto has long been a group where music is the leader. Improvisation to a large degree is always having an element of surprise, Cyrille reflects. Even if were playing something thats arranged, we want to spark it so that theres always a certain magic happening as the music is being developed. The entirety of Visiting Texture adheres to that conviction, bound by a spirit of real-time discovery.

01. Bumpe 05:40
02. Bonu 06:08
03. Composite 06:40
04. Epic Man 07:47
05. Stick 04:56
06. A Girl Named Rainbow 07:00
07. 7 for Max 02:52
08. Visiting Texture 10:42