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Trio 3 (Lake / Workman / Cyrille): Visiting Texture (Intakt)

This time around the long-standing trio of drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist Reggie Workman, and saxophonist Oliver Lake doesn't add a 4th player to the group, instead focusing on the trio itself and their intuitive and implicitly lyrical approach to free jazz, in this 11th album recorded in the studio to feature their masterful collective playing as a group of equals where "music is the leader".

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UPC: 7640120192822

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT282
Squidco Product Code: 24128

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Studio Peter Karl, Brooklyn, New York, on July 21st and 22nd, 2016,


Andrew Cyrille-drums

Reggie Workman-bass

Oliver Lake-saxophone

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"Andrew Charles Cyrille (born November 10, 1939) is an American avant-garde jazz drummer. Throughout his career, he has performed both as a leader and a sideman in the bands of Walt Dickerson and Cecil Taylor, among others.

Cyrille was born on November 10, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York into a Haitian family. He began studying science at St. John's University, but was already playing jazz in the evenings and switched his studies to the Juilliard School. His first drum teachers were fellow Brooklyn-based drummers Willie Jones and Lenny McBrowne; through them, Cyrille met Max Roach. Nonetheless, Cyrille became a disciple of Philly Joe Jones, who in some performances such as Time Waits used Cyrille's drum kit.

His first professional engagement was as an accompanist of singer Nellie Lutcher, and he had an early recording session with Coleman Hawkins. Trumpeter Ted Curson introduced him to pianist Cecil Taylor when Cyrille was 18.

He joined the Cecil Taylor unit in 1964, and stayed for about 10 years, eventually performing drum duos with Milford Graves. In addition to recording as a bandleader, he has recorded and/or performed with musicians such as David Murray, Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley, Butch Morris and Reggie Workman among others. Cyrille is currently a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman."

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"Reginald "Reggie" Workman (born June 26, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassist, recognized for his work with both John Coltrane and Art Blakey.

Workman was a member of jazz groups led by Gigi Gryce, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter and Red Garland. In 1961, Workman joined the John Coltrane Quartet, replacing Steve Davis. He was present for the saxophonist's Live at the Village Vanguard sessions, and also recorded with a second bassist (Art Davis) on the 1961 album, Olé Coltrane. After a European tour, Workman left Coltrane's group at the end of the year. Workman also played with James Moody, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann and Thelonious Monk. He has recorded with Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan and David Murray.

He is currently a professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, and is a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille."

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"Oliver Lake (born September 14, 1942) is an American jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and poet. He is known mainly for alto saxophone but he also performs on soprano and flute.

During the 1960s Lake worked with the Black Artists Group in St. Louis. In 1977 he founded the World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray, Julius Hemphill, and Hamiet Bluiett. He has worked in the group Trio 3 with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille. He is the father of drummer Gene Lake.

Lake has been a resident of Montclair, New Jersey."

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track listing:

1. Bumper 5:39

2. Bonu 6:07

3. Composite 6:39

4. Epic Man 7:47

5. Stick 4:55

6. A Girl Named Rainbow 6:59

7. 7 For Max 2:50

8. Visiting Texture 10:41
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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 we're playing something that's arranged, we want to spark it so that there's 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. (Nat Chinen)"-Intakt

"Three elder statesmen of avant-garde jazz-drummer Andrew Cyrille, altoist Oliver Lake, and bassist Reggie Workman-join together yet once more for what by my count is their 11th release. This one's somewhat unusual in that it's their first in-studio record in some time without special guests. In recent years they've teamed up with a number of in-demand pianists, such as Geri Allen, Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran, but here we're treated to just the trio. And that's all to the good, as the joy of listening to three masters of this music draw from their many years of partnership will be more than enough to satisfy most fans of these wily veterans.

Aside from one Ornette Coleman cover (the lovely "A Girl Named Rainbow"), the group sticks to pieces penned by the trio: three from Lake, two from Cyrille, and one from Workman, along with a freely-improvised piece (suitably entitled "Composite"). The guys generally keep the music to a low boil, eschewing over-the-top acrobatics in favor of confident, well-paced, careful group expressions that invoke a deep, soulful lyricism. This is certainly characteristic of Lake, whose compositions on the first two tracks ("Bumper" and "Bonu") feature his sharp-edged melodious sensibility, while Workman and Cyrille are adept in teasing, bending, and manipulating the pulse while never letting things spin out of their grasp. Even "Composite" manages to feel cohesive and purposeful despite its more freely-defined contours.

Along with their remarkable rhythmic elasticity, it's stunning just how musical Workman and Cyrille are in their contributions. Workman is a marvel at articulating phrases that resonate just as powerfully as Lake's, and he can do this with clusters of notes as well as just a few sparsely placed ones. Listen to Workman's tuneful lines dancing around the melody of "Bonu" for a perfect example; he complements Lake beautifully throughout the piece. His opening solo statement at the beginning of Cyrille's "Epic Man" is brilliant in using both arco and pizzicato techniques to establish the brooding mood of the piece, and his communicative exchanges with Lake during the last half of the track are jaunty and delightful. And those familiar with Cyrille will recognize his astonishing ability to craft percussive statements that do so much more than keep time: they sing, proving once again what a percussionist of Cyrille's caliber can accomplish with a drum kit. This is especially evident not simply on his solo statement, "7 for Max," with rhythmic diversity and spontaneity in abundance, but on "Stick," where he roams all over the cymbals, toms and snare in providing the roiling undercurrent to Workman and Lake as they generate some creative fire.

There are plenty of young upstarts nowadays who will continue to drive this music forward in the years to come. But it's always a pleasure to hear from the living legends too, especially when they're still in such excellent form. Let's hope these three will continue to stick around for a while."-Troy Dostert, The Free Jazz Collective

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