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Trio 3: Open Ideas

This trio of avant-garde vets-saxophonist Oliver Lake, drummer Andrew Cyrille and bassist Reggie Workman-approach Open Ideas with the all-business attitude of guys who obviously have been there, which can be both bad and good.

The CD reflects Trio 3’s self-confidence and experience as it opens with three off-center choices-a spoken-word piece, a cover (Mal Waldron’s “Hooray for Herbie”) and a free improv-before it hits bread-and-butter time. That’s not to say that the opening numbers should be passed over. One of the album’s better moments comes with a satisfying run-through of the Waldron tune. But “Casino,” an odd spoken-word piece about a gambling addiction, feels out of place and can be safely skipped.

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