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With each of his Trio Tapestry albums, it feels like saxophonist Joe Lovano is trying to strip his playing and the group's sound down to its most essential elements. On their third album, 2023's Our Daily Bread, he takes this approach even further, turning each song into what feels like a prayer. Once again joined by pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi, Lovano doesn't so much improvise with his bandmates as commune with them, crafting songs that have the atmosphere of a dark room meditation and other times the quiet warmth of a friendly front porch conversation. Of the meditative variety there is "Grace Notes," which opens with the abrupt shimmer of a gong and a full minute of silence before Crispell's low piano rumble shepherds the trio back to life. The song features Lovano on the tarogato, an Eastern European instrument whose reedy sound (a combination between a clarinet and a soprano sax) blends with Crispell's Asian-influenced harmonies like a singer whispering through fog. More brightly convivial is the title track, a swirling ballad the trio imbues with the romance of the sun breaking through the clouds after a rainstorm. Equally textural moments follow, as on "Le Petit Opportun," where the slow interplay between Lovano's dusky tenor and Crispell's ghostly chords sounds enticingly like John Coltrane playing a Claude Debussy song. There's also "One for Charlie," Lovano's unaccompanied tribute to Charlie Haden where his tenor seems to evoke the legendary bassist's own focused artistry. Toward the end of the album, the trio offer "Rhythm Spirit," whose structure is built around an improvised line from Lovano, a musical mantra that Crispell and Castaldi answer with their own affirmations. The song, as with much of Our Daily Bread, feels like a sacred call and response. ~ Matt Collar

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2023
Label: Ecm
UPC: 0602448777461
Rank: 68429


  1. All Twelve
  2. Grace Notes
  3. Le Petit Opportun
  4. Our Daily Bread
  5. One for Charlie
  6. The Power of Three
  7. Rhythm Spirit
  8. Crystal Ball

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