November 7th, 2009
Reggie Workman, Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille make up Trio 3
Earshot Jazz Festival presented a magnificent trio on stage at Poncho Hall, Cornish College tonight. Trio 3 was everything I expected, and more.
“Three all-time giants of jazz – Andrew Cyrille (drums), Reggie Workman (bass), and Oliver Lake (saxophones) – form one of the most dynamic and exciting small groups performing today. They navigate explosive performances with a shared understanding of the power of improvisation.
Born in 1939 Brooklyn, Cyrille extended to the avant-garde with a near decade-long association with Cecil Taylor in the sixties, drum duos with Milford Graves and other percussion groups, and collaborations that include Peter Brotzmann, William Parker, and Marilyn Crispell. Oliver Lake’s talents extend into multiple mediums. A poet, painter, and performance artist, Lake makes his home in this trio on saxophone. Lake is co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet and the multi-disciplined collective Black Artists Group in St. Louis. Reggie Workman’s legacy perhaps needs no enumeration here. The all-star bassist features with some of the greatest musicians in jazz, from John Coltrane to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers to Sam Rivers and Andrew Hill. He teaches at the New School in New York.