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Oliver Lake Trio 3
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Oliver Lake on Saxophone
Reggie Workman on Acoustic Bass
Andrew Cyrille on Drums
Geri Allen on Piano

At
Jazz Standard
www.jazzstandard.net
116 East 27th Street, NYC
212.576.2232
Manager: Paula Tucker
Press: April Thibeault

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 15, 2012


Oliver Lake is a dynamo on sax, and he brought a magnificent ensemble with him to Jazz Standard tonight, including Geri Allen on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums. Lake’s composition, “Valley Sketch”, included his own brassy repetitions that repeated with minor variations, tiny blasts that catch the rhythm but never overwhelm the music. His fragments of sound were an atonal mix. Ms. Allen took the original theme and gave it a contagious melody. The sax then took a break, while Workman on bass and Cyrille on drums infused and strengthened the overall theme. Workman, on bass, took a solo with Cyrille’s percussive flourish. The drums wove the theme inside and out.

In the second piece, Lake opened and then drove this piece with his resounding sax, for progressive jazz with an obtuse theme, resembling midtown traffic. Allen picked up on the theme with a busy mélange of contrasting tempos and tones. The next piece featured Cyrille, with a piano pick up on Workman’s bass. Piano harmonies expanded the moment, while bass and drums exuded a thumping pulse. Ms. Allen gave the theme back to the bass, for a soulful string solo. Cyrille’s drum solo had unique metal clarity, while the sax created a melodic concoction.

An Art Blakey original was next, with a solo drum introduction, like an endless caravan. The sax prompted the drums into a two instrument conversation, before the drum solo returned, as Lake said, “You have to give the drums some”. Workman embellished the beat, as piano and bass threw in a few notes, but this piece was all drums, all the time. For this listener, Cyrille’s dramatic drums made my night. In the next work, Lake took back the lead on his soaring sax, as his distinctive theme imploded in air. His sound has magnetic momentum. Ms. Allen and Workman added sparkle to the effervescent energy. The bass took a meandering minute, before the sax finished the piece. For the final piece, Workman took the lead, with some saxophone input. The bass was the star now, with each note twisted and turned. But then each instrument took a minute in the spotlight, before they mixed it up for quartet magic.



Geri Allen on Piano
at Jazz Standard
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Reggie Workman on Bass
at Jazz Standard
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Oliver Lake on Saxophone
at Jazz Standard
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Reggie Workman on Bass
at Jazz Standard
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Andrew Cyrille on Drums
at Jazz Standard
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Oliver Lake on Saxophone
at Jazz Standard
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Andrew Cyrille at Leisure
at Jazz Standard
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net