Refraction – Breakin' Glass

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Refraction – Breakin' Glass
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Studio album by
Trio 3 + Jason Moran
Released2013
RecordedJuly 24–25, 2012
StudioBrooklyn Recording Studio, Brooklyn
Genre Jazz
Length62:24
Label Intakt
Oliver Lake chronology
All Decks
(2013)
Refraction – Breakin' Glass
(2013)
Wiring
(2014)

Refraction – Breakin' Glass is an album by Trio 3, a jazz group consisting of saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille, with guest pianist Jason Moran. It was recorded in 2012 and released by Intakt Records. [1]

Contents

Background

In 2012, Lake, Workman, Cyrille invited Jason Moran for a week long residency in New York's Jazzclub Birdland, before they recorded this album. Moran was the third guest piano player cooperating with Trio 3 after Irène Schweizer and Geri Allen. Moran's composition "Refraction", first presented by the pianist on his album Artist in Residence, is combined with Lake's recitacion of his poem "Breakin' Glass". Cyrille's composition "High Priest" is a homage to the saxophonist David S. Ware, who died in 2012. [2]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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The Down Beat review by Alain Drouot states "At this stage of their collaboration, Lake, Workman and Cyrille can operate in telepathic ways, and Moran does a fine job at finding his place, without being a distraction." [3]

The All About Jazz review John Sharpe notes "Part of the joy of Trio 3 lies in the way even the relatively straightforward numbers feel on the edge of falling apart in a welter of delicious dissonance and arhythmic clatter, but never quite do." [4]

Track listing

  1. "Refraction – Breakin' Glass" (Jason Moran, music; Oliver Lake, lyrics) – 4:53
  2. "Cycle III " (Reggie Workman) – 5:49
  3. "Luther's Lament" (Oliver Lake) – 3:41
  4. "AM 2 1/2" (Andrew Cyrille) – 6:38
  5. "Summit Conference" (Reggie Workman) – 10:53
  6. "All Decks" (Oliver Lake) – 4:55
  7. "Listen" (Andrew Cyrille) – 4:23
  8. "Vamp" (Oliver Lake) – 5:09
  9. "Foot Under Foot" (Jason Moran) – 8:42
  10. "High Priest" (Andrew Cyrille) – 7:21

Personnel

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References

  1. Refraction – Breakin' Glass at Intakt Records
  2. Original Liner Notes by Alexander Pierrepont
  3. 1 2 Drouot, Alain. Refraction – Breakin' Glass review. Down Beat November 13: page 58. Print.
  4. Sharpe, John. Refraction – Breakin' Glass review at All About Jazz