The Village Vanguard, At Last
|M. Bogen, 4/29/16, NYC|
We heard a challenging and thrilling set from Trio 3, featuring jazz masters Andrew Cyrille on drums, Oliver Lake on sax, and Reggie Workman on bass. All are associated with the "new jazz" that grew out of the 60s. This means that they make music that resists cliches or easy hooks upon which one can hang one's hat, music that above all has a searching quality. It's the opposite of background music. It requires from the listener concentration and a willingness to go into unusual sonic spaces, which is why it is best experienced live, as opposed to on a recording. I find this mode of jazz to be invigorating. I call it a palate cleanser for the soul. Jazz lives!