The roots of saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille stretch back to the earliest days of the free jazz movememt in the 1960s.
So it is no surprise to find so much knowledge on display in their third recoding together as Trio3. But the history lesson is a treat all the same.
What you get from Workman, for example,are Y2 Chaos, an elaborate blues in style of Thelonius Monk, with whom the bassist played om tje ;ate '60's and Prophet's Path, a work rife with spiritual overtones reminiscent of his work with John Coltrane in the early '60s.
From Lake, a regular with the innovative World Saxophone Quartet, comes a couple of complex compositions (Valley Sctetch and Dance 2) full of fiery alto sax improvisation.
And from Cyrille, there is 5-4-3-2, an intense, thythmically scattered piece that recalls the drummer's pioneering free jazz work with Cecil Taylor. Open Ideas is recommended for anyone with open ears.