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Joe Lovano with Trio Tapestry on 'Garden of Expression' is in exercise of extreme focus, sensitivity, and restraint / glideMagazine

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glideMagazine's Jim Hynes writes......The label alone, ECM, conjures up introspective, chilly, ethereal, haunting as well as glowing, beautiful, shimmering. At least one or two of those adjectives can be ascribed to most of the label releases. We can add spiritual. explorative, edgy, and adventurous to that list too, especially in the case of Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry, who had one of 2019's most talked about releases, his debut for the ECM label. Theirs is in exercise of extreme focus, sensitivity, and restraint. Over his storied career Lovano finds himself in many settings, leading straight-ahead combos, collaborating with fellow sax icon Dave Liebman on several occasions, mostly recently documented on these pages with the live session by the Kaleidoscope Quintet, issued this past October but recorded in 2013.  Last year Lovano also appeared on a terrific album by pianist Marcin Wasilewski's trio, Arctic Riff (ECM), also covered previously herein. On Garden of Expression Lovano again teams with ECM stalwart pianist Marilyn Crispell and fellow Cleveland native Carmen Castaldi on drums, for a program of minimal tone poems that explore musical space and its relationship to silence. (Is it my imagination or are we getting more than our fair share of calming albums lately?)

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