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On 'Garden of Expression' Joe Lovano with Trio Tapestry weave threads into a vivid musical sound picture / LONDONJAZZ

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LONDONJAZZ - John Bungey........If you're a fan of the vinyl revival then don't buy this album. Well do, just not on vinyl. With its pianissimos and pauses, this delicate trio music requires the silent backdrop that digital provides. So, yes, let's hear it for the uncool compact disc. The "atmospheric" pops, clicks and surface noise of a well-loved long-player will only distract from the ethereal tales being told on Garden of Expression. And don't worry about the bass not having "the warmness of vinyl", there is no bassist here.

Joe Lovano, once the soul of hard bop, has explored more ethereal territories lately. Part of his talent is how well he fits into whatever context he chooses. This is the second album by the saxophonist and his Trio Tapestry, with pianist Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi on drums – three musicians weaving threads into a vivid musical sound picture, if you will. The approach builds on their 2019 debut with Lovano is at his most intimate – breathy, buttery, measured. Crispell's quietly intense solos and counter melodies reflect her background in classical and the avant-garde. Castaldi is a colourist interested in tone and timbre, commenting on the music or shepherding it in new directions. With plenty echoes of Lovano's old bandmate Paul Motian, Castaldi does nothing as obvious as tap out the beat.

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